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Weirdest Animal-Smuggling Incidents

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Courtesy of Houston Zoo

England: Parrot Eggs

Dried seahorses, alligator lizards, plucked dead pigeons…UK Border Agency officials have seen it all. In one particularly memorable incident in September 2010, they stopped a passenger at London Heathrow Airport who was trying to smuggle 40 parrot eggs—including those of the endangered blue-headed macaw—in a customized vest worn under his shirt. The eggs were seized, put into incubators to hatch, and transferred to zoos.

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