A package containing the skin of an endangered black bear, with its head and limbs still attached, was intercepted by custom officials in Qingdao, Shandong province after it’d been shipped to China from the US.
The item was found in an x-ray inspection among mail labeled as carpets, according to China News. The black bear is a Class II protected animal and such a product needs certification to be shipped. The import and export of protected animals for commercial purposes are banned.
“Its mouth and eyes were open, with teeth and tongue intact, all making it seem still alive,” one staff member commented.
The skin is currently being kept in custody of the Qingdao customs department.
Previously on Shanghaiist: 15 arrested for smuggling 790kg of ivory through HK customs