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Animal faeces among odd items seized at Australian airports

A TIGER'S penis, whole skinned frogs and a bear's gall bladder were some of the quirky finds Border Compliance officials caught travellers with at Australian airports this year.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's authorities also found products made of elephant dung and a witch doctor's bag with dead rodents attached, during searches of travellers during 2012.

DAFF border compliance first assistant secretary Tim Chapman said such unusual items could bring serious diseases and pests into Australia.

Other things the unit found on travellers included horse meat from Uzbekistan, fresh dead snakes from Vietnam and a mounted and framed bat from Thailand.

"I urge anyone wanting to bring food, plant or animal material of any kind into Australia to first check if they can bring them," Mr Chapman said.

All the items were seized and destroyed at Australia's international airports this year.

 

WEIRD ITEMS SEIZED

In Brisbane:

  • Containers of Samoan Paolo worms
  • A live South American cactus
  • Kundu drums
  • Strong bags made from animal hides in Papua New Guinea

In Sydney:

  • A whole shark in a jar
  • Cheese-flavoured bugs with unknown insects
  • Painted chicken feet
  • Dried pig's ears
  • Pillows with silkworm faeces

In Melbourne:

  • Tiger penis and bear gall bladder from Vietnam
  • Fresh snake and turtle meat
  • Fresh lime leaves infected with citrus canker

In Adelaide:

  • Fresh dead snakes from Vietnam
  • Horse meat from Uzbekistan
  • Large desert rose bulbs from Indonesia

In Darwin:

  • Dung paper products including picture frames, boxes and photo albums.

 

For more information on what can and cannot be brought into Australia, go to: www.daff.gov.au/travel

Topics:  airports, department of agriculture fisheries and forestry, editors picks




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