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Woman arrested after publishing videos and photos of herself harming endangered species, cooking and eating them

A Cambodian woman who filmed herself hurting various species of endangered wild animals, cooking and eating them has been arrested after she published those videos online to earn money. 

Ah Lin Tuch and husband Phoun Raty created videos showing her skinning an endangered fishing cat, a large lizard and several protected species of birds. Tuch ate them and posted the videos on YouTube to make cash. 

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Photo via Viral Press

She handled the dead animals using a campfire near their home in Phnom Penh. Other clips showed she had tried eating a king cobra, a shark, a stingray and frogs, etc.

Fury erupted among netizens after they have watched those videos. They said many of her killed animals were endangered species.

The country's Ministry of Environment finally launched a manhunt for the couple last Wednesday and they admitted they cooked the animals and apologised for "destroying the wildlife" in the next day.

Chea Sam Arng, head of the Environment Ministry's General Directorate for Administration of Nature Conservation and Protection, said they are taking legal action against them.

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Photo via Viral Press

"The animals that were cooked were mostly not on the endangered list, but are protected. Only one species was in danger of extinction," he said. 

The couple claimed they bought the wild animals from local markets then cooked it. 

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The case is now under investigation by environment officials finding how the animals were killed. 

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"I don't even know what kind of animals or birds we used or their impact on wildlife conservation," said Tuch. "I bought the wildlife at Preak Phnov and we started filming our videos since December. Now I have already admitted my mistake."