This Week in Travel: Malaysia Seizes 330 Tortoises Smuggled From Madagascar

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

#1 Not Today, Snow White

Who: A little girl named Kaylin.

Where: Disney World in Florida, USA.

What: It might be every kid’s dream to spend a day in Disney World meeting princesses, but it isn’t Kaylin’s. In the cutest video uploaded onto Facebook by her mother, Kaylin is seen sitting down next to Snow White with a bowl of macaroni and cheese in front of her. Snow is charming, as always, but Kaylin looks away, completely uninterested. We know the feeling, Kaylin, nothing gets in the way of our meal time either.

#2 Malaysia Seizes Crates of Smuggled Tortoises

Who: Ploughshare and radiated tortoises from Madagascar, which are both critically endangered species.

Where: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

What: Malaysian customs managed to bust an attempt to smuggle 330 tortoises into the country. Officials found the tortoises alive and in crates, in a totalled value of approximately USD 276,784, as Agence-France Presse reported. “It had arrived at KLIA on an Etihad Airways flight from Antananarivo airport in Madagascar,” Mr Abdul Wahid Sulong, deputy director of the customs department, told AFP. “It is a big haul. It could be for the local market or for re-export. We are investigating.” Malaysia bans the import of critically endangered animals, and anyone found guilty of the offence can be jailed for up to three years and fined.

#3 So We’ll Have Lattes in Avocados, And No Homes

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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