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Man 'tries to steal tusk' from Paris museum

The tusk on the historic skeleton was badly damaged in the attack Credit: EBU

A man is being questioned by police after he allegedly hacked the tusk off an historic elephant skeleton in the Natural History Museum in Paris.

The museum said that staff were initially alerted to the theft after they heard a chainsaw being used in one of the galleries early on Saturday morning.

Staff were alerted when they heard the noise of a chainsaw in one of their galleries Credit: EBU

Police arrested a man near the museum after he was spotted carrying the three-kilogram (seven-pound) tusk. A chainsaw was recovered from inside the gallery.

The popular skeleton was given to King Louis XIV of France in 1668 but the tusks were added at a later date.

The museum's guide book shows the completed skeleton. Credit: EBU

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Thailand's Prime Minister vows to ban its ivory trade

Thailand is playing host to an international summit on the protection of endangered species and its prime minister has vowed to work towards banning her country's trade in ivory.

Last year, as many as 32,000 elephants were slaughtered worldwide for their tusks and 668 rhinos were poached for their horns in South Africa.

The biggest market for smuggled ivory is China, which is also facing increased calls for government-run market in ivory to end.

ITV News' Angus Walker reports.

Chinese official refuses to talk about ivory trade

At the start of a major conference in Bangkok on endangered species, the Thai Prime Minister vowed to ban the legal trade of ivory in her country.

More than half of the world's smuggled ivory is believed to end up in China and there are increased calls for its government-run legal trade to also end.

Angus Walker attempted to speak to the senior Chinese delegate about demands for a complete ban.

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The worst elephant poaching incident in Kenya's history

In January, ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo was the first UK broadcaster on the scene of Kenya's worst recorded ivory poaching in its history.

A family of 12 elephants at Tsavo National Park, one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in the world, were slaughtered and their tusks hacked off.

This report contains images of dead elephants:

Illegal ivory industry: UK central to the criminal trade

As Thailand bows to international pressure by vowing to bring an end to its legal internal ivory trade, here in the UK the criminal trade appears to be taking place right under the nose of the authorities.

Heathrow Airport is emerging as one of the fastest-growing transit points for ivory from Africa to the Far East. Our Special Correspondent Rageh Omaar has been investigating. You may find some of the images disturbing.

Prince William calls for end to 'shocking' ivory trade

The Duke of Cambridge has told an international conference that more needs to be done to stop the "shocking rise" in the levels of elephant and rhino poaching.

The increasing popularity of rhino horn medicines and ivory furniture in Asia is believed to be fuelling the increase.

Rhinos were killed for their horns in the reserve in Kenya where Prince William proposed to his wife Kate.

ITV News China correspondent Angus Walker sent this report from Thailand.

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