A customs officer in Bangkok found themselves asking a passenger, ‘Is that two otters in your pants or are you just happy to be here?’
The passenger departing Bangkok was arrested attempting to smuggle “a prairie dog and two otters in his pants” out of the country on Thai Airways flight 632 to Taipei.
He caught the eye of authorities because of “the unusually large bulge in his pants that was wiggling around.” The man was scanned and then strip searched, “revealing the two Asian small-clawed otters and a prairie dog that he had tried to hide in his underwear.”
The suspect is now facing a slew of charges brought under Thailand’s Customs Act, Animal Epidemics Act, and Animal Conservation and Protection Act.
“Thailand is not a gateway to smuggle exotic animals out of the country,” explained Phanthong Loykulnant, a spokesperson for Thailand’s customs department. “We will catch anyone who tries to take animals on planes.”
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Otters are a surprisingly common animal to smuggle at the Bangkok airport, both in luggage and in a passenger’s pants.
Someone was smuggling Otters on a flight from Bangkok to Taiwan…
Swampy security though pic.twitter.com/n0ShkwbO1E
— Than (@thanr) October 5, 2023
Japanese man bought 10 baby otters online and in Bangkok Weekend Market arrested at Bangkok Airport. Other man arrested wt 4 taking to Qatar pic.twitter.com/qNL3CBdwXP
— Edwin Wiek (เอ็ดวิน วีก) (@EdwinWiek) June 28, 2017
If you’re going to smuggle otters and a prarie dog, surely there are better ways of doing it than sticking it in your pants.