Bird-brained: Man attempts to smuggle dozens of BIRDS in his TROUSERS
THIS bird-brained man has been arrested for attempting to board a flight – with 66 birds sewn into his trousers.
Published: Tue, June 3, 2014
All the birds were rare species and had probably been stolen to order for the equivalent of thousands of pounds, said police.
The smuggler nearly made it on to the aircraft after a metal detector failed to pick up his feathered contraband.
But because of the unusual bulges, and the slow way in which he was walking, a customs officer Hermogenes Yonsiver decided to take him into an inspection room for a body search.
“As soon as he knew the game was up he tried to lie his way out of it and say he was carrying a pigeon,” said officer Yonsiver.
“He said ‘What I have here is a pigeon that is a gift for my grandson, but that too was a lie. He then wanted to continue on his way.
“But he was forced to take down his trousers, and we found all these frightened little finches and hummingbirds, some of whom had their beaks sealed shut so that we wouldn’t hear their singing.”
Two of the birds stashed near his genitals were dead when police ordered him to strip.
Police say the man is still being questioned following his arrest at Ignacio Agramonte International Airport in the Cuban city of Camaguay.
He now faces up to two years in prison.
The trade in endangered species worldwide is climbing.
Two weeks ago in Germany a man was stopped at Frankfurt Airport en-route to Spain with 99 rare tortoises, lizards and snakes wrapped in sticky tape in his suitcase.