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Man hid turtle in hamburger at Chinese airport

Aug. 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

GUANGZHOU, China, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in China said a man tried to smuggle his pet turtle onto an airplane by hiding it inside of a hamburger.

The Guangzhou Daily said the man, identified by the surname Li, was passing through security at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Monday on his way to catch China Southern Airlines flight 345 to Beijing when the X-ray screen machines spotted "odd protrusions" sticking out of a hamburger in his bag, the South China Morning Post reported Friday.

Security workers told Li the protrusions looked like turtle limbs and he allegedly replied, "There's no turtle in there, just a hamburger."

However, Li finally agreed to a search and the workers discovered his pet turtle hidden inside the burger. The security staff said Li told them he had wanted his "beloved" turtle to accompany him on his trip.

The airport said security workers explained to Li that his turtle would not be allowed on the flight and he agreed to have a friend care for the pet while he took his trip.