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Wildlife conservation officials and Krabi provincial police today arrested three men and rescued three gibbons after they were seen using the animals for photo posing with tourists.
Rescued gibbons are female aged from six months to two years old.
Arrested are Abdulvalis Imuesa, 21, a resident of Pattani, and two residents of Krabi, Anucha Bangsai, 21, and Chairak Nilsamut, 20.
They were arrested on Phi Phi Island today after they were offering the three gibbons to tourists for photo posing at 100 baht a time.
They said they could earn several hundred thousand baht a month from photo posing during the high tourism season, while earning at low season was 60,000-100,000 baht a month, or an average 2,000 baht a day.
They were charged with having endangered wildlife species in possession with no permit.
The three gibbons will be brought to wildlife conservation centre in Phang Nga for nursery and care before releasing them into the wilderness.