A male Chinese tourist returning from abroad was recently caught with a live lobster inside his checked luggage, apparently you aren’t supposed to do this.
The tourist was stopped at a Ningbo airport after returning from Australia via Hong Kong. The lobster took up a precious 3.16kg of baggage weight, packed into a styrofoam box.
He said that he had spent more than 3,500 RMB on the live creature and was planning on enjoying it at home with family and friends, Sina News reports.
Unfortunately for him, that ain’t gonna happen as the lobster has been killed by airport staff and the carcass has been destroyed to comply with regulations. China prohibits all live animals from entering from other countries except dogs and cats.
Ningbo customs officials confessed that this was the first time that they had ever found a live lobster in a passenger’s luggage.
However, just last month, a pair of women were spotted on the Hong Kong MTR with a suitcase full of lobsters, likely headed for the mainland.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Sina]