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  Crocodiles found in aircraft hold
Updated 14 July 2002, 16.02
Rare crocs can end up as souvenirs
Rare crocs can end up as souvenirs

Customs officials have found 10 live crocodiles in the cargo hold of a plane at Heathrow Airport.

The five-feet-long African Dwarf crocodiles - a protected species - were on a journey from Nigeria to South Korea.

It's believed the reptiles would have been killed in Korea and their skins used to make handbags.

False papers

Documents had been forged to make it look as though the crocodiles were genuine exports.

A customs spokesman at the airport said: "They are some of the most endangered species on the planet, and 10 of them are at Heathrow."

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