During a routine police inspection, Chongqing officials discovered 22 Asiatic black bears in the back seat of a car. The driver claimed they were just puppies.
A poor excuse, but still a lot better than the guy who got busted for smuggling snakes and claimed they were just toys.
According to officials, a strong musky odor gave them away. Police also found a suitcase in the trunk containing a bear carcass and four bear paws. Milk was discovered as well. Asiatic black bears are protected by law.
When confronted with facts and evidence, the driver eventually admitted that the animals were bears and he was smuggling them from Yunnan to Chengdu.
The driver is currently in custody and the black bears have been transferred to an animal shelter in Yunnan province. The case is still under investigation.