Monday, August 13, 2007

Snakes...and Crocs...on a Plane: Egypt Edition

Watching too many American movies? Didn't want to pay extra pet-travel costs? Perhaps new terror tactics? Nope, scientific research.

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Saudi passenger tried to smuggle a large number of reptiles, including cobra snakes and infant Nile crocodiles, out of Egypt in his luggage, Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Sunday.

The discovery of the reptiles in the passenger's bags triggered a brief panic among security personnel at the Cairo International Airport, witnesses said.

The 22-year-old passenger, identified only as Anas, said he needed the reptiles, which also included chameleons, for scientific research at his university in Saudi Arabia.

His collection will be handed over to Egypt's main zoo in Cairo.

Of course this is only one side of the story. But let's be real here, if it really was for university scientific research, the transportation of these types of animals would not have been in this man's suitcase.


Blogger Jarrett said...

Either that or it's a pretty ghetto university. Almost, you know, Trent ghetto ;)

Just kidding!

Tue Aug 14, 07:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Spitfire said...

No you're not.

Thu Aug 16, 06:32:00 PM EDT  

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