Suspicious “bulge” alerted Singaporean security to the smuggler
People have tried illicitly to carry many odd things through airports, such as frozen turkeys, chainsaws and turtles in buns. But one 45-year-old man was caught earlier this week at a border crossing into Singapore with four live kittens — down his trousers.
In a punny Facebook post, the Singaporean Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that border guards were alerted to the kittens plight when they heard “meowing” coming from the man’s trousers.
“Trying to get past fur-midable officers? Impawsible,” they wrote.
“On 2 January, ICA officers detected four live kittens concealed in the pants of a 45-year-old male Singaporean in a Singapore-registered car at Tuas Checkpoint.
“Officers were prompted to conduct further checks when they heard ‘meowing’ sounds coming from a bulge in his pants.”
The cats were taken from the man and have been placed in quarantine by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
CTV news reported that the man, who has not been named, was attempting to bring the poor pets in illegally from Malaysia.
Smuggling animals across borders is illegal because it is not known what diseases they may carry. The man faces a maximum penalty of $10,000 and a year in prison under the Animals and Birds Act.
The ICA also noted that the attempt was a cause for concern because “similar methods may be used by people with ill intent to smuggle security items into Singapore”.
Hopefully the kittens will be cared for in quarantine and, once they are released, sent to good homes.