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Would-be smuggler who stuffed four kittens down trousers arrested by Singapore immigration officers

  • The 45-year-old was stopped while travelling in a car going through a border checkpoint with neighbouring Malaysia
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2019, 2:04am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2019, 5:12am

Singapore immigration authorities said on Tuesday they had foiled a bid to smuggle four kittens that were stuffed down a man’s trousers into the city state after hearing meowing coming from the suspect’s crotch.

In a statement, they hailed their “fur-midable” officers for stopping the “impawsible” attempt to transport the animals in a car through a border checkpoint with neighbouring Malaysia.

“Our officers were checking the travellers in the car, they heard a meowing and saw the bulge in the man’s pants,” said a spokeswoman for the authority.

The officers asked the 45-year-old Singaporean whether he had anything to declare, before discovering the live kittens secreted in his trousers.

The spokeswoman said that hiding items, such as contraband cigarettes, under clothing is a common method of smuggling.

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“But to stuff four live kittens into one’s trousers – this is the first time we’ve seen it,” she said.

The kittens survived the ordeal – the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, which is now investigating the case, said they had been put into quarantine and were active and well.

It was not clear why the man was trying to bring the kittens into Singapore on January 2, although it could have been to sell them as pets.

If found guilty, the alleged smuggler faces up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of S$10,000 (US$7,360).

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Singapore imposes strict requirements on those wishing to bring cats into the country legally, including obtaining an import licence and health certificate.

Immigration authorities warn that animals smuggled into Singapore may carry diseases, such as rabies.