Turtle Smuggled In Hamburger? Chinese Man Attempts To Sneak Pet On Plane, Tells Security There’s ‘Just A Hamburger’ In His Luggage

By Philip Ross on July 31, 2013 12:55 PM EDT

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A man in China tried to smuggle his favorite turtle (not pictured) onto a plane by hiding it inside a KFG hamburger. He was stopped at airport security. (Photo: Reuters)

Security personnel at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in south central China probably had themselves a good laugh after they caught a man trying to smuggle a live turtle through airport security in a very unconventional fashion.

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According to the South China Morning Post, a commuter, identified only as Mr. Lee, attempted to sneak his pet turtle onto the plane with him by stuffing it inside a KFC hamburger.

As Mr. Lee's luggage went through x-ray screening, one of the airport security people noticed an "odd protrusion" coming from a hamburger inside his bag.

Recognizing the strange shape as the leg of a turtle, airport staff asked Mr. Lee about the contents of his luggage. "Sir, are you sure there are no turtles in your bag?" they asked.

"There's no turtle in there, just a hamburger," Lee reportedly told security officials. "There's nothing special to see inside."

But the airport officials weren't just going to look the other way on this one. After opening up Mr. Lee's carryon, they found a turtle stuffed inside a KFC hamburger.

United Press International reports that Li eventually abandoned his mission to smuggle his pet turtle onto the plane, and decided it was best to leave the animal with a friend while he went about his travels.

Mr. Lee's turtle incident isn't the first animal smuggling attempt to happen this year. In June, a Texas man was caught at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport with snakes hidden in his jacket. NBC reported that the man, identified as 63-year-old snake expert William Lamar, smuggled seven Peruvian snakes into the U.S. from Lima, Peru by hiding them in his clothing. While they were all less than 6 inches in length, five of the snakes were venomous.

Drug and wildlife smugglers have come up with some strange tactics of moving contraband. "Recent years have seen reports of cocaine being stashed inside shipments of roasted chickens and cow stomachs and live parrots being hidden inside car seats," The Telegraph notes.

Also, in 2009, a man in Britain was arrested after authorities discovered he had over 1,000 live spiders in his suitcase.

IScience Times reported earlier this year on some of the more outstanding and outlandish cocaine-smuggling strategies, including three women who dressed as nuns in a Colombian airport. The women each carried 2 kilos of cocaine under their habits.

There was also the guy in Spain in 2009 who arrived at the airport wearing what looked like a cast on his leg. Turned out, the cast was made entirely of cocaine.

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