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
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...   (BKSDA Bali via AP)
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(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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