Spanish authorities have seized a huge collection of more than 1,000 endangered stuffed animals from a warehouse in Valencia.
The country’s national police force, Guardia Civil revealed the haul is one of the largest ever to be found in Europe, and is worth a whopping £24 million on the black market.
The seizure includes 405 animals including s cheetah, lion, and polar bear from protected species and at least one extinct specimen, Spanish authorities said.
The collection also included the scimitar oryx, also known as the Sahara oryx – a stunning white antelope that was once widespread across North Africa.
According to a police statement issued Sunday, April 10, the warehouse owner is now under investigation for smuggling and crimes against the protection of flora and fauna.
‘In the next phase of the operation, the agents will proceed to analyze all the documentation provided by the author to justify the possession of the aforementioned pieces.’ The police added.