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Andrei Zhestkov, 27, told authorities that a friend had given him the 2-year-old animal as a gift.
Security personnel at Bali’s Denpasar airport found the orangutan asleep in a rattan basket inside Zhestkov’s suitcase on Friday night, Ketut Catur Marbawa, a Bali conservation agency official, told Agence France-Presse.
The Russian admitted to feeding the animal allergy pills to sedate it, Marbawa said. It’s unclear whether the reptiles in Zhestkov’s luggage had been similarly drugged.