Croatian customs prevent smuggling of 715 turtles

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) " Croatian customs authorities say they have prevented the smuggling of 715 live turtles, a protected species in the European Union's newest member state.

Authorities say the discovery was made Thursday in the Zupanja area, near the border with Bosnia. They say it is the biggest single seizure of live animals in Croatia.

No other details were available. Smuggling of rare or protected animals has flourished in the impoverished Balkans in the aftermath of the wars in the 1990s.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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