Animal smugglers will go to outrageous lengths to get their illegal bounty past officials -- so it's nice to hear about animals that are able to return to the wild after their ordeal.
Read on for more heartwarming animal news, including nine species that have returned from the brink of extinction and never-before-seen glimpses of incredibly rare elephants and polar bears.
The gyrfalcons were recently released back to the wild after being seized by customs officials in Moscow. The birds were found "swaddled in cloth, hooded and packed four to a box," according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
Photos via IFAW