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Kenyan Couple Detained and Accused of Planning to Sell Ants to China and France

Messor cephalothes

Three people were detained and charged by Kenyan police for attempting to export ants to China and France illegally.

According to a report by BCC on Tuesday, the suspects—a husband and wife and a postal worker—were accused of trying to export the ant species Messor Cephalotes without permission from the Kenya Wildlife Service.

They were released on bond after contesting the charges.

The prosecution pleaded with the court to expedite the case, claiming that the lives of the displayed ants were in jeopardy.

The ants were reportedly valued 300,000 shillings ($2,135; £1,677), according to the reports.

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