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Man tries to hide turtle in burger to sneak it on plane

Published On: Aug 01 2013 11:18:36 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2013 10:51:05 AM EDT
Eastern painted turtle

A man tried to smuggle his pet turtle through security in a Chinese airport by hiding it in a KFC hamburger.

The man, identified only as Mr. Li, was about to board a flight from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Beijing. Li was passing through security when an X-ray screening machines detected a few "odd protrusions" sticking out of a KFC burger that the man had packed in his bag, reported Guangzhou Daily.

Airport staff was suspicious and asked to inspect Li's luggage, despite his pleas not to search through his belongings.

The inspection revealed a pet turtle hidden inside the burger in the Li's bag. When asked why he had tried to hide his pet in such a way, he said that he just really wanted to travel with his "beloved" turtle by his side.

After staff explained that hiding a turtle in such a manner was not going to fly, Li reluctantly agreed to allow a friend to care for his pet while he was away.