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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