BANGKOK:

Thai police said Monday they had discovered more than 200 live wild animals including monkeys, tortoises and 14 white lions during a raid on a house in the capital Bangkok. Two Thai men, including the owner of a pet shop at the city’s popular Chatuchak market, were charged with illegal wildlife trading. If convicted they face up to four years in jail and a 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine. “We received a complaint about the smell from the neighbours and after investigating we discovered the animals hidden there,” Police Colonel Ek Ekasart told AFP.