Australia seizes squirrels 'smuggled on plane from Bali'

One of the squirrels in a cage after being seized at Brisbane AirportSymbol copyright
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Some of the squirrels seized at Brisbane Airport on four December

A person was once intercepted at an Australian airport after flying from Indonesia with two are living squirrels smuggled in his baggage, government say.

The Australian resident would possibly face prison fees after the animals have been detected at Brisbane Airport closing week.

Each squirrels have been put down after being deemed a biosecurity chance, Australian government stated.

The country has strict quarantine regulations that famously stuck out actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in 2015.

The squirrels allegedly travelled in checked-in baggage from Bali, which is ready six hours via airplane from Brisbane and a well-liked vacation vacation spot for Australians. Government have now not named a conceivable cause.

“The horrifying factor round that case across the two squirrels is that part of his Instagram fans idea it was once a really perfect thought to do this,” Agriculture Minister David Littleproud instructed the Australian Related Press.

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Media captionJohnny Depp and Amber Heard apologise in 2016 for violating Australia’s quarantine laws

“Those animals carry pests and sicknesses that would in reality harm many Australians so it is vital that we are not ignorant to biosecurity.”

Individuals who violate Australia’s biosecurity regulations face fines or as much as 5 years in jail, in keeping with the Australian Border Power.

In 2016, Depp and Heard needed to report an apology video after smuggling their canines, Pistol and Boo, into Australia and changing into embroiled in a row that drew a lot consideration.

Closing month, former NBA participant Lamar Patterson was once additionally stopped at Brisbane Airport along with his puppy canine. The canine was once seized and deported.

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