Baby tiger found stuffed in bag at airport, reax

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SHOTLIST
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Bangkok – 27 August 2010
1. Wildlife Protection Department veterinarian using bottle to feed three-month-old male tiger cub that was found being smuggled in luggage at airport
2. Close-up of tiger as it feeds
3. Close-up of tiger’s paw in vet’s hand
4. Close-up of vet looking down at cub
5. Cub lying on floor, still groggy from large dosage of drug used by smuggler to sedate it
SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT WILDLIFE CHECKPOINT
Bangkok – 22 August 2010
6. STILL various photos of tiger cub inside suitcase, shortly after it was discovered
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Bangkok – 27 August 2010
7. Wide of check-in area at Suvarnabhumi airport
8. Row of check-in staff
9. Departure board showing flight to Tehran on the same airline as the flight last Sunday that the woman arrested for trying to smuggle tiger was checking in for
10. Tilt down of oversize baggage area where bag was taken after it was found to be too heavy and x-rayed, revealing tiger cub.
11. Bag going through x-ray machine (NOTE: this is NOT bag in question)
12. Close of x-ray machine’s red light coming on
13. Set-up of arresting officer, Nirath Nipanant, chief of wildlife checkpoint at the airport.
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Bangkok – 27 August 2010
14. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Nirath Nipanant, chief of airport wildlife checkpoint
“I was a bit shocked because an animal isn’t supposed to be treated like this. Had the animal passed the oversize baggage check and had gone through four to five hours of travel its chances of survival would have been slim.”
15. Wide of tiger walking groggily along grass then being picked up by staff member of Wildlife Protection Department
16. Close of tiger’s face
17. SOUNDBITE (Thai) Adisorn Noochdumrong, Thai wildlife protection department
“We’re trying to amend and strengthen the legal penalties. At the moment the penalty is four years in prison and a 40-thousand baht fine (1300 US dollars). We want that increased to a 10 year term.”
18. Close of tiger in its cage at wildlife protection department
19. Close of its stomach as it breathes heavily
20. Wide of tiger asleep in its cage.
STORYLINE
Authorities at Bangkok’s international airport found a tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden among stuffed toy tigers in the suitcase of a woman flying from Thailand to Iran, an official confirmed on Friday.
Authorities made the discovery after the woman, a Thai national, checked in and her bag was sent for a routine x-ray because it was overweight.
The x-ray showed what appeared to be a live animal inside.
A toy tiger was beside it in the suitcase in an apparent ploy to fool any inspection.
The 31-year-old woman was arrested at Suvarnabhumi airport before boarding her Sunday flight.
“I was a bit shocked because an animal isn’t supposed to be treated like this. Had the animal passed the oversize baggage check and had gone through four to five hours of travel, its chances of survival would have been slim,” said Nirath Nipanant of the airport’s wildlife checkpoint.
The cub, estimated to be about three months old, was sent to a wildlife conservation centre in Bangkok.
Officials there said he appeared exhausted, dehydrated and was not able to walk, so they gave him oxygen, water and lactation.
On Friday, the cub still appeared to be groggy and spent most of its time asleep.
A DNA test was expected to provide details about its origin, said officials at the centre, explaining that this would help determine whether it was captive born or taken from the wild.
Thailand has a number of legal tiger farms, several of them within a short drive of the international airport.
The woman faces up to four years in prison and a 40-thousand baht (1,300 US dollar) fine for two wildlife smuggling-related charges, officials said.

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