Snakes on a plane: More than 2,000 vipers discovered

More than 2,000 snakes discovered on a flight from Thailand to Hong Kong were displayed by customs officials today.

The reptiles had been put in bags and placed inside foam containers, which were then mixed up with similar boxes containing fruit. Officials discovered them at Hong Kong before returning them to Bangkok.

Most of the snakes were harmless rat snakes but around 200 were cobras.

Huge numbers of animals are trafficked from Thailand into China and surrounding countries each year to feed the taste for exotic meats and for use in traditional medicine.