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Man accused of trying to sell dead panda

Dec. 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM   |   Comments

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TOKYO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Chinese man who lives in Tokyo is accused of trying to sell a dead panda to Chinese tourists, police in Japan said.

Shang Erjiang, 40, was arrested Tuesday and accused of violating international laws against the commercial trade of endangered animals for allegedly displaying the stuffed panda for sale, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported.

The man allegedly told police he was given the mounted animal and didn't intend to sell it.

Police said the man appears to have obtained the panda, which had real fur on its body, through a third party.

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