Are those pigeons in your pants? Or...
An Australian traveler returning from the Middle East was caught with pigeons in his pants, Australian customs officials said Tuesday.
Authorities became suspicious of the 23-year-old man after discovering two eggs, said Richard Janeczko, national investigations manager for the Customs Service.
The pair of eggs were hidden in a vitamin container and the pigeons were found in the man's pants; one held to each leg with a pair of tights, a statement released by the agency said.
The pigeons were alive and wrapped in padded envelopes.
MSNBC.com said the man could be charged with wildlife smuggling – which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 110,000 Australian dollars ($70,430).
The case was turned over to the Quarantine Service to be assessed for health risks, Janeczko said.
Officials also seized an undeclared eggplant from the man.