A pair of Toucans were seized by India's BSF near West Bengal's border with Bangladesh, officials said today.
The birds, worth around Rs 14 lakh, were meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh and were seized in a search operation conducted by a special team of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the forest area near the Angrail border outpost, in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal yesterday, they said.
During the search operation, the BSF team spotted two people hiding behind the bushes. They ran away, leaving a cage with the two birds, the officials said.
The duo managed to flee due to dense vegetation in the area, the BSF claimed.
"The seized birds have been handed over to the Alipore zoo in Kolkata," it said.
The pair of keel-billed toucan are colourful Latin American members of the toucan family, BSF added.