Airport Inspectors Find Live Alligator In Passenger’s Suitcase

This astonishing X-ray shows how an American traveller tried to smuggle a live albino alligator out of Germany on a flight to Singapore.

The metre-long reptile was discovered by stunned baggage inspectors at Munich International Airport, Bavaria, last month (September).

The rare white gator – which had been stuffed into a cramped suitcase – was curled up and almost completely wrapped in cling film with just a tiny hole so it could breathe through its nostrils.

A criminal case was opened against the 42-year-old traveller for violating animal welfare laws, and the alligator was seized and taken to a reptile sanctuary in Munich.

Customers reportedly pay up to EUR 75,000 (GBP 65,700) for white alligators in Asia, German media reported.

Picture shows the X-ray of the live albino alligator found inside a suitcase at Munich Airport, in Germany, on Sept. 25, 2022. The alligator was wrapped in cling film, in the bag of a 42-year-old businessman departing for Singapore. (Hauptzollamt Munchen/Newsflash)

In a statement obtained by Newsflash, Munich Main Customs Office said: “Customs officers confiscated a live albino alligator on 25th September, 2022 at Munich Airport.

“While checking luggage, security check employees discovered an unusual X-ray image. They immediately informed customs officers, who, when opening the suitcase, found a live white alligator wrapped in cling film. Together with a veterinarian, the customs officers freed the animal and took over first aid.

“Before departing for Singapore, the passenger was located by customs officials. The officials initiated proceedings against the 42-year-old businessman.

“The Munich Customs Investigation Office took over further investigations.

“The animal is currently in the sanctuary for reptiles and will continue to be cared for there.”


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