Airport customs in Melbourne, Australia found that a man was carrying bird eggs in his pocket before also noticing that he had two live pigeons wrapped in paper and stuffed inside his pants.
The 23-year-old Australian had just returned on a flight from Dubai. If convicted of smuggling charges, the man could face 10 years in prison and/or a $70,430 fine, according to local reports.
“Wildlife smuggling is not only cruel to the animals involved, it poses a severe risk to the Australian environment and the health of the Australian community,” said customs spokesman Richard Janeczko. “It is important that people declare all animal and plant materials to customs and border protection when they enter Australia.”
Customs added that they have no idea what the man intended to use the pigeons for, but that he was also carrying a money belt holding plant seeds and “samples of eggplant.”
Images: Australian Customs Service