No, This Is Not Legit Carry-On Luggage

Russian busted trying to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Bali in his luggage
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2019 10:07 AM CDT
Poor Idea: Tourist Smuggling Drugged Orangutan in Luggage
In this Saturday, March 23, 2019, photo, a sedated 2-year-old orangutan rests inside a rattan basket following the arrest of Russian national Andrei Zhestkov who allegedly tried to smuggle the ape out of the resort island at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, Indonesia.   (BKSDA Bali via AP)

(Newser) – In theory, Russian tourist Andrei Zhestkov's plan to smuggle an orangutan out of Bali was ... not great. In execution, it ended exactly as you might expect: With airport scanners somehow failing to miss the 2-year-old sleeping primate in his luggage, and Zhestkov facing smuggling charges that could net him up to five years in prison and a $7,000 fine. Zhestkov told authorities that the reason the orangutan was sleeping so peacefully was because he fed him a combination of allergy pills and milk, designed to knock him out for three hours. The hijinks didn't stop there, however: Sky News reports that officials also found two geckos and five lizards in Zhestkov's luggage. (Read more orangutans stories.)

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