A man was caught red handed by Cuban airport security trying to smuggle 66 birds in his pants.
Officers noticed peculiar bulges in the unidentified man’s “low slung” pants as he attempted to board a plane to the U.S. at the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport.
The smuggler nearly made it aboard the plane after the metal detector failed to pick up his feathery contraband.
But because the man was walking extremely slowly and had strange bulges in his pants, customs official Hermogenes Yonsiver decided to give him a full body inspection, according to the Express.
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“As soon as he knew the game was up he tried to lie his way out of it and say he was carrying a pigeon,” said Yonsiver.
“He said ‘What I have here is a pigeon that is a gift for my grandson,' but that too was a lie. He then wanted to continue on his way. But he was forced to take down his trousers, and we found all of these frightened little finches and hummingbirds, some of whom had their beaks sealed shut so that we wouldn’t hear their singing.”
Two of the birds hidden by his genitals had already died when authorities asked him to strip.
The birds -- Cuban grassquits or Tiaris canorus -- are indigenous to the Caribbean island nation and are small with a short beak, brown and olive feathers, with black and yellow around the face and neck.
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Although Cuban grassquits are not considered endangered, they are rare and are protected under Cuban law, according to Agence France-Presse.
Authorities believe the stolen birds are estimated to be worth thousands of dollars.
The bird smuggler could face up to two years in prison if convicted.
Not long before the incident in Cuba, a man in Germany was detained at Frankfurt Airport traveling to Spain after he was caught with 99 rare tortoises, lizards and snakes wrapped in sticky tape in his suitcase.