A frightening discovery was made at the international mail facility at San Francisco International Airport last month that will make you say “nope!”
Customs officials say they found 20 live millipedes inside a box marked “toy car model,” CBS San Francisco reports.
The large package from Germany had been routed through an x-ray machine and agents realized that it did not contain a toy after all.
“Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists routinely x-ray and inspect packages arriving from foreign locations for contraband and other prohibited items before they are permitted to enter the U.S.,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP director of Field Operations in San Francisco. “The agriculture specialists on duty were quick to notice the deception and took the necessary action.”
Upon further investigation, customs officials discovered a Styrofoam box containing the foot-long millipedes stashed inside a mesh bag. The creepy-crawlies were passed on to the U.S. Department of Agriculture because the sender lacked proper import permits.
According to Bay City News, the millipedes were seized by customs officials before they reached the intended destination of Vista, California.
The sender in Berlin was issued a postal violation and the bugs were euthanized in alcohol. They are now in the possession of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, officials said.
According to Zoo.org, giant millipedes live up to eight years in captivity and are found on the coast of central Africa.
Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection via CBS News