Man claims he was trying to sneak two birds out of the country inside his trousers in order to protect them from China’s lung-choking pollution
By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
9:00AM BST 09 Jun 2014
A man who was caught attempting to smuggle two birds out of an airport in southern China claimed he was trying to save them from the country’s polluted skies.
The man, a “foreigner” whose name was not given, had planned to fly out of Guangzhou’s international airport to Singapore on Sunday morning, according to a report in the Yangcheng Evening News.
However, at around 9.30am, as he was passing through a security check, staff spotted a ball-shaped object tucked inside the hem of one trouser leg.
On further investigation they found a “small squirming thing wrapped in white cloth,” the newspaper reported. Inside was a bird. A second creature had been similarly attached to the man’s other ankle.
Apparently hoping to come across as an environmentalist rather than a wildlife trafficker, the man used pollution to justify his actions.