- Male passenger was caught smuggling the animals at Tan Son Nhat Airport
- The Vietnamese national had birds strapped to his thins under his trousers
- Some were found in his luggage. Eleven birds are classed as endangered
A male passenger has been caught trying to smuggle endangered birds through customs by strapping them to his legs in pouches and hiding them under his trousers.
The man, who has not been identified, was reportedly trying to ship the animals to Taiwan when he was caught by customs officials at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Monday.
He also had several birds stored in special cases and packed into his luggage.
Male passenger was caught smuggling live birds through Tan Son Nhat Airport, Vietnam, by strapping them to his legs (above)
Most of the birds were wrapped in special pouches and some were in boxes and packed into his luggage
A total of 18 live birds were found according to Thanhnien News.
Pictures released by Tan Son Nhat showed the man with his trouser legs rolled up to reveal several black birds tied to his shins.
Those birds were wrapped in pouches to prevent them from moving so that only their head and tails showed.
There were also boxes fitted with screens that housed yellow birds.
Of these, 11 were listed as protected species.
They included the white-rumped shamas (Copsychus malabaricus), oriental shamas (Copsychus saularis) and melodious laughingthrush (Garrulax canorus).
The Institute of Tropical Biology, which falls under the Vietname Academy of Science and Technology, has also confirms that the protected species are banned from export according to Hoanhap.
Customs officials are now investigating the man, who is believed to be a Vietnamese national.
The unidentified man was trying to smuggle the animals to Taiwan. Eleven of the birds are listed as endangered
In January this year, MailOnline reported that a man was arrested for attempting to smuggle nine live birds through Miami airport by hiding them in his trousers.
The birds were stuffed into tubes, sealed with muslin cloth.
Some of these tubes were also found in the man’s fanny pack.
Last year, MailOnline also revealed how endangered cocktatoos were being smuggled through customs in Indonesia, callously stuffed into water bottles.
Around 40 per cent of birds died in the cruel process – a huge number considering more than 10,000 of the parrots were caught for smuggling each year in the country.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online