So, what is that we see in this picture? A new discovery found in a far-off jungle? A special-effects generated creature for a big-budget Hollywood movie?

A Miami Beach man says it’s art.

The government says it’s a crime.

The creation is actually a taxidermy job that combines featues of different animals — kind of like the stuffed jackalopes at Wall Drug only with a $80,000 pricetag.

But the catch here, according to federal wildlife agents, is that the Florida taxidermist, Enrique Gomez de Molina, built his fantasy critters using parts of animals protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. According to the Department of Justice, he found sellers overseas in countries like Indonesia and Thailand who would send him pictures of specimens through the internet, and he’d make his choices.

“Some of the endangered and protected wildlife he selected was alive at the time it was photogaphed … and later sent to him dead,” according to a DOJ news release.

According to court documents, he attempted to import wildlife species including skins of a Java kingfisher and a collared kingfisher, one mounted lesser bird of paradise, the skin of a juvenile hawk-eagle, the carcass remnant of a slow loris and the carcass remnant of a lesser mouse deer, without proper declarations when imported into the United States and without the required permits.  In some cases, commercial transactions in listed species, such as the slow loris (a wide-eyed primate from south and southeast Asia), are not allowed at all.

De Molina recently pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking in protected wildlife and was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

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