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Tiger skeletons seized at Prague airport

Thursday - 7/11/2013, 5:17pm  ET

In this handout picture taken by a custom officer on June 28, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic a skeleton of a Tiger is on display on ground. Officials say customs authorities have seized the skeletons of two endangered tigers at Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport that were meant for the black market in the Far East. Customs Office spokeswoman Sarka Miskovska says a sniffer dog found the skeletons hidden in two loudspeakers during a routine check June 26. Miskovska declined to give further details Thursday July 11, 2013, citing an ongoing investigation. She says the Czech Environmental Inspectorate is working to determine where the tigers come from. .(AP Photo/HO/Custom Office)

PRAGUE (AP) -- Czech officials say airport customs authorities have seized the skeletons of two endangered tigers believed to be destined for the black market in the Far East.

Customs Office spokeswoman Sarka Miskovska says a sniffer dog found the skeletons hidden in two loudspeakers during a routine check at Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport on June 26.

Miskovska added Thursday that the Czech Environmental Inspectorate is investigating where the tigers came from. She declined to give further details.

Inspectorate spokeswoman Simona Cigankova says the skeletons are almost complete and weigh a combined 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds).

Cigankova says one kilogram of tiger bones -- which are often used in traditional Asian medicines -- can fetch about $2,000.


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