Tights-wearing pigeon fancier caught out in Oz

Published: 04th February 2009

Tights-wearing pigeon fancier caught out in Oz
A pigeon fancier with a difference has been caught out in Australia when trying to pass a pair of the birds off as part of his legs when waltzing through Melbourne airport.

The 23-year-old man, who has not been named, went one step too far when attempting to get back into his home country by hiding the pigeons in a pair of tights, using the legwear in one of the most unusual ways possible.

After a search, he was also found to have two bird eggs and a money belt containing plant seeds, contravening the strict policies in place in the island nation.

Commenting on the situation, customs spokesman Richard Janeczko said: "Wildlife smuggling is not only cruel to the animals involved, it poses a severe risk to the Australian environment and the health of the Australian community."

These rules are in place after the failed experiment to import the cane toad as a measure for pest control, with the amphibian now taking over large parts of the country.

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