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Man caught smuggling parrot eggs and chicks in luggage

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Man caught smuggling parrot eggs and chicks in luggage
11:17 CEST+02:00
The Guardia Civil at Madrid airport caught a passenger attempting to smuggle seven just born parrot chicks and 11 unhatched eggs onto an aeroplane.

The unusual luggage was detected on a Chinese passenger transiting through Madrid airport on his way to Hong Kong from Paraguay.

The 27-year-old was caught as he passed through a security check at the transit gate.  He was carrying a specially adapted case fitted with a climate control and ventilation system.

It is illegal to take parrots out of Paraguay without a special license. Seprona, the animal and environmental crime unit of the Guardia Civil said the birds would be cared for until they could be returned to their country of origin.

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