An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said yesterday.
The 24-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service
They found the pigeons wrapped in padded envelopes and held to each of the man's legs with a pair of tights, according to a statement released by the agency. Officials also seized seeds in his money belt and an undeclared eggplant.
Also on the list was a South African bullfrog in his panties which he finally admitted he had stolen from Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin.
After the alleged bird smuggler, who arrived in Melbourne on Monday on a flight from Dubai, was being questioned for the ninth time, he finally broke down and told the police they he was involved in an international scavenger hunt and the Brazilian Tobacco Worm had apparently had just escaped the cloth bag up his ass.