02.03.09 9 years ago 19 Comments

It’s a crazy slow day in the sports world, so I thought I’d share this fun little tale of whimsy and pigeon-smuggling.

An Australian traveler was caught with two live pigeons stuffed in his pants following a trip to the Middle East, customs officials said Tuesday. The 23-year-old man was searched after authorities discovered two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage…

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.

Oh yeah.  You can’t let those eggplants loose in Australia.  They have no natural enemies there.

This is just one of those stories where no amount of information can ever satisfy everything I want to know. Why pigeons?  Why from the Middle East?  Does Australia not have pigeons?  How do you survive a ten-hour flight with pigeons strapped to your calves?  And did the authorities also seize the bear pelt on this guy’s legs?

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