Four gray kittens on a gray background
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People have attempted to smuggle all kinds of contraband through airports for many years: birds in hair rollers, $50,000 worth of gold “paste,” and even a live tiger.

But one man in Singapore attempted to get his precious — but illicit — loot through security in a pretty unorthodox way.

According to CTV News, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority at the Tuas vehicle checkpoint in Singapore caught a man traveling from Malaysia with a suspicious bit of cargo inside his pants: four live kittens.

The ICA posted about the ordeal on Facebook, saying that officers heard “meowing sounds coming from a bulge in [the man’s] pants.” Thankfully it wasn’t a dangerous situation, but it certainly seemed like an awkward one.

The kittens were safely retrieved and are being cared for by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, according to CTV News.

According to the ICA’s Facebook post, while kittens themselves are definitely not illegal in the country, any animals with unknown health status are not allowed, since they could possibly introduce a myriad of diseases, including rabies, to Singapore. Anyone caught with animals without proper paperwork could face a “maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both,” according to the ICA.

It is unclear what penalty the smuggler will have to pay for this cargo of kittens. His name has not been released to news outlets.

In addition, the ICA noted that some smugglers use live animals to conceal other contraband, such as some “security items,” so even intercepting a pant-load of cute kittens is extremely important for authorities. It’s not clear if the man had an ulterior motive, though. It’s possible that he just loved cats.

The kittens are now under quarantine, but hopefully will be fully inspected and sent to good homes.

Clearly trying to hide from the border control is truly an impawsible task. Next time, he may want to opt for a roomier carrier – and preferably not in his slacks.