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Rise in animals smuggled

Hippo teeth, walrus horns and big cats are among some of the endangered animal items being smuggled into the country, border officials said. The Home Office revealed more items were confiscated between 2012 and 2013 than in any other year.

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Millions of pounds made through smuggling animal items

Millions of pounds are made each year by traffickers who sell trophy animals on the black market. Big cats, hippos teeth and tortoises are among record numbers confiscated by Border Agency officials at Heathrow over the past year.

London Zoo has now been called upon to give some of them a new home and a second chance.

David Wood reports:

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