Sydney Morning Herald | 6/19/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombia exports exotic creatures
Jun 19 -- Colombia, one of the world's most biologically diverse countries, has begun selling rare animals to other countries, a "biocommerce" viewed with unease by environmentalists.
But they have competition from illegal traffickers.
"Tinny", a trumpet beetle born in a nursery in the central province of Boyaca, has been a denizen of Kairakuen park in the Japanese city of Mito for the past two months. Its owner, Keiko Sato, travelled last week to a farm in rural Tunja, Colombia to find it a mate.
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