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Man tries to smuggle turtle onto plane in KFC hamburger

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   July 31, 2013 at 11:29 AM   |   Comments

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July 31 (UPI) -- A Chinese man reportedly tried to smuggle his pet turtle past security at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangdong, China by hiding it in a Kentucky Fried Chicken hamburger.

The man, whose last name is Li, was on his way to board a China Southern Airlines flight to Beijing when he was stopped during the x-ray screening at the airport over an "odd protrusion" that was sticking out of a KFC burger inside his bag.

Airport security soon determined the bump looked an awful lot like a turtle and decided to inspect Li's bag.

“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” the man allegedly told authorities. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”

Once airport officials found the turtle and confronted Li, he explained that he just wanted to travel with his "beloved" turtle.

After airport authorities told the man he was not allowed to smuggle animals into planes he reportedly decided to leave his turtle with a friend while he traveled.

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