Egypt police catch man smuggling foxes, chameleons

June 16, 2010 17:57

CAIRO  — Security at Cairo's international airport on Wednesday stopped an Egyptian man trying to smuggle eight live foxes and 50 chameleons in a huge suitcase out of the country.

Police stopped the 36-year-old traveler and asked him to open his suspiciously large suitcase, revealing the squirming mass of animals confined in small plastic cages.Brig. Gen. Mustafa Salah of airport security said they confiscated the animals and will turn them over to the Cairo zoo.

According to Salah, the man said he planned to sell the animals in Thailand, use the money to buy cell phone parts and a computer that he would resell upon returning to Egypt.

Transporting live reptiles out of the country is illegal in Egypt.

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