German customs have found a live albino alligator, wrapped in plastic foil with only his nostrils free, in a suitcase at Munich airport. An American passenger wanted to smuggle the animal on his flight to Singapore.
The animal was about a meter long and stuffed in a small suitcase. According to German customs, he probably would have died on the flight to Singapore.
At the end of September, an employee of the security check saw something strange when scanning a suitcase. He informed customs, who opened the suitcase and found the live white alligator.
With a veterinarian, the customs officers freed the alligator and brought him to a reptile shelter, where he’s being cared for. According to German media, the animal is doing well.
The owner of the suitcase, a 42-year-old businessman from the US, is under criminal investigation for illegal animal smuggling.