Passenger is caught trying to smuggle two live SQUIRRELS into Australia on a flight from Bali
- Man has criminal charges pending after trying to sneak squirrels into Brisbane
- Security officers and sniffer dogs intercepted almost 350,000 items in 2017-18
- David Littleproud, Federal Agriculture Minister, stressed vigilance at airports
A passenger is under investigation after he tried to smuggle two live squirrels into Australia.
The man was caught red handed by custom officials at Brisbane Airport on a recent flight from Bali.
The bizarre find by customs officers follows high profile American basketballer Lamar Patterson bringing his French bulldog Kobe into Australia as part of his carry-on luggage.
A man is under investigation after he was caught trying to smuggle two squirrels into Australia from Bali (stock image)
A man was caught trying to smuggle two squirrels into Australia from Bali (stock image)
Patterson was detained in early November, with the dog sent back to the US on the next available flight.
According to the Courier Mail, bio-security officers and sniffer dogs intercepted almost 350,000 banned items from checkpoints across the country across the 2017-18 financial year.
David Littleproud, the Federal Agriculture Minister, said people need to ‘wake up to themselves’ when it comes to what they are carrying ahead of either domestic or international travel.
‘The frightening thing with the case involving the two squirrels is that half of his Instagram followers thought it was a great idea,’ he said.
‘These animals bring pests and diseases that could actually hurt many Australians, so it is important that we aren’t ignorant to bio-security.’
Littleproud also urged people to be as vigilant as possible at airports leading into Christmas.
Squirrels from Bali would not be welcome on Australia shores (stock image)
‘I ask every Australian as they leave the country or come into the country to think about our bio-security,’ he said.
‘Help our officers out, don’t be afraid to declare, tell these officers and ask them is it OK.’
Littleproud added that people will be prosecuted if they attempt to smuggle banned items into Australia.