Man Allegedly Smuggled Live Birds in His Pants

Authorities say he had a few more in a fanny pack
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2016 4:27 PM CST
A man arriving from Cuba was allegedly caught smuggling nine live birds at Miami International Airport.   (US Customs and Border Protection)

(Newser) – We would have been concerned about birds' well-documented taste for worms, but to each their own. A traveler arriving from Cuba was caught trying to smuggle nine live birds—three of them in the "groin area" of his pants—Jan. 9 at Miami International Airport, according to US Customs and Border Protection. When the man arrived in Miami, he was "selected … for further examination." "It’s unclear if officials were tipped off by any tweeting, warbling, or other melodious bird noises," Consumerist notes. According to US Customs, officers found three birds in the man's pants and another six crammed into small plastic tubes inside a fanny pack. The man was arrested, and his birds were seized by the US Department of Agriculture for quarantine.

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