A 45-year-old man is making international headlines for getting caught attempting to smuggle four kittens in his pants (yes, pants!) into the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore from neighboring Malaysia.
According to Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s Facebook, the man who was driving a Singapore-registered car was stopped at the Tuas Checkpoint for a standard procedure. Officials also made fun of the totally ludicrous endeavor, describing the scheme as "impawsible."
According to Agence France-Presse, the hilariously shocking discovery was made after hearing ‘meowing’ sounds coming from a ‘bulge’ in the man's pants. The staff became suspicious and conducted further checks. That’s when they discovered that the bulge was actually – lo and behold, four cute kittens!
The case has been referred to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for further investigation, and if you're wondering what happened to the adorable kittens, they are now in the safe hands of AVA! If the kitten smuggler is found guilty, he could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to US$7,360 as it is illegal to import animals or live birds into Singapore without a license, according to the Animals and Birds Act.
It is not clear why the man was trying to transport them, but he may have intended to sell them as pets. According to USA TODAY who reached out to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, the agency said that smuggled animals are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, such as rabies, to Singapore.
People trying to smuggle animals while traveling is nothing new. An immigration authority spokeswoman said people commonly attempt to smuggle contraband such as cigarettes under their clothing. But to stuff four live kittens into one’s trousers, this is the first time they had seen something like that. We cannot help but wonder how on earth he thought he could get away (literally) with it!
Late last year, a passenger was caught attempting to smuggle live birds through hair rollers at John F. Kennedy International Airport.