A suitcase that was checked in as baggage by the woman contained 14 pieces of rhinoceros horn
with a weight of approximately 16 kg.
Dedi decided not to take the rhinoceros horn
pills his father gave him.
Three boxes, each containing 10 portions, contained ground rhinoceros horn
, one box contained eight portions of a medicine containing bear bile and two boxes contained shenrong weisheng wan - a plant extract.
Demand for rhinoceros horn
-- which is made of keratin, the same material in hair and nails -- has skyrocketed in recent years, largely driven by the market in Asia, where the powdered horn is valued for its supposed medicinal properties.
A high demand for freshly poached elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn
, and lion bones encourage the animal poaching.
copal coconuts beeswax ambergris ivory rhinoceros horn
Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn
were stolen in six incidents, three at Durham Museum, one at Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex and one each at Norwich Castle Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
A rhinoceros horn
, pictured above right, is made of compacted hair.
Other highlights include: a Chinese "Three Friends" Rhinoceros Horn
Libation Cup, 17th/18th Century.
The minister for Environment and Forests in Assam, Rockybul Hussain, said that the poachers sell the rhinoceros horn
for use as an aphrodisiac.
Of course, shortly after that, there was a minimum mandatory five years' imprisonment for dealing in ivory or rhinoceros horn
which has since fallen by the wayside as the laws have changed.
The theft came weeks after museums were warned about a spate of rhinoceros horn
thefts from museums around Europe.