They were discovered in horrific condition by Grant Miller, head of the national Border Force Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at Heathrow who commented, “It is just not acceptable for reptiles to be transported in this way.”
Each box only had room for four crocodiles but instead 10 foot-long reptiles had been packed into each one. Due to very limited space the crocodiles started fighting each other during the flight resulting in the death of one saltwater crocodile.
Apart from contravening of CITES regulations, this is a clear example of how Malaysian wildlife exporters and traders are only into profits without any regard for animal welfare. Squeezing as many reptiles into a box while limiting the number of boxes used in order to save costs is the norm for these wildlife exporters.