Thursday, 02. October 2014
01. 09. 14. - 15:00
An eight-year-old boy who did not want to abandon a pet turtle he had been given while spending summer with his grandma tried to smuggle it onto the aeroplane by hiding it in his underpants.
But Congcong Tai was caught when border guards at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in southern China's Guangdong province became suspicious by the large bulge in his trousers that appeared to be moving.
The youngster had been sent by his parents to spend the summer with his grandparents and his grandmother was bringing him back home when he decided to try and smuggle the pet with him.
Border guards spokesman Hu Hsieh said: "She had told him to leave the pet behind but he had disobeyed her and tried to smuggle it on board the plane. When the customs officials noticed he was trying to hide something, he tried to cover it up, and when his grandma asked him what he was hiding he tried to cover it up even more."
Eventually the old woman had told the boy to cooperate with the officials and she opened his trousers to reveal the hidden turtle.
But the incident had a happy end for the schoolboy after officials told him that if he agreed to hand it over, they would arrange for it to be sent to his parents' address and they could be reunited free of charge.
As a result the youngster boarded the plane, while the turtle ended up travelling in an animal box in the cargo hold.
Turtle smuggling on planes is not unknown at Guangzhou airport. According to local media at the same airport last year a man had been caught attempting to sneak his pet turtle through by disguising it as a KFC hamburger.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Scandal Over Latvian PM Press Aide|
|Bystander Almost Killed When Car Explodes|
|Granny Cures Eye Problems By Licking Eyeballs|
|Till Death Us Two Part|
|Teenager Whose Body Is Turning To Solid Bone|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.