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'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes

By The Siberian Times reporter
08 May 2017

Customs seized 5.8 kilograms of extinct woolly mammoth remains from the Russian citizen.

Tusk - preserved in permafrost for thousands of years - is used for traditional medicinal purposes in China, and has a black market value. Picture: Blagoveschensk customs

The bizarre case of the detention of the man dressed in mammoth remains was at Blagoveschensk customs point as he sought to smuggle the relics to China, said an official.

He used sticky tape to attach five pieces of woolly mammoth tusk to his body, and then wore a coat to conceal the goods. 

Tusk - preserved in permafrost for thousands of years - is used for traditional medicinal purposes in China, and has a black market value.

The man is charged with intended illegal transportation of goods on a ferry across the Amur River to Haihe and is likely to face a fine if convicted.

The mammoth remains - shown in the video here - have been sent to experts for analysis. 

Customs officials did not identify 'Mammoth Man' or give further details. 

Mummoth tusks smuggling. Pictures: Blagoveschensk customs

'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes


'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes


'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes


'Mammoth Man' detained as he smuggled tusk pieces under his clothes

Comments (1)

why did he do it? i thought mammoth tooth, while ivory, is not on the list of CITES? or am i mistaken? (by the way, thank you SibTimes for fixing the article. nice to be able to read it now)
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
12/05/2017 11:27
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