Four suitcases abandoned at baggage claim in an airport in the Philippines were opened just in time to save hundreds and hundreds of lives.
In total, a shocking 1,529 live turtles, many with their little legs duct-taped inside their shells, were discovered by customs officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila.
Each and every trapped turtle was saved.
"They all survived and [are] under rehabilitation," a spokesperson for customs at the NAIA told The Dodo.
The photographs of the turtles show the realities of the illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be the fourth-largest black market trade worldwide.