Smuggler Caught With Pigeons in His Pants

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 7:45 AM CST
The legs of an Australian man who was caught with two pigeons hidden in his pants on an international flight from Dubai to Melbourne, Australia, are shown.   (AP Photo/Australian Customs Service, HO)
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(Newser) – A man was caught with his pants down at Melbourne Airport on Sunday—literally. When custom officers asked a suspicious-looking character who'd just flown in from Dubai to drop his trousers, they were shocked to find a live pigeon strapped to each leg, the Age reports. Each was wrapped in a padded envelope, and held in place by a pair of tights the man was wearing under his pants.

The passenger, a Melbourne resident, was also carrying a pair of eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage. The pigeons aren’t rare or endangered, but Australia has strict wildlife importation laws, meaning the 23-year-old faces up to 10 years in jail.