A man tried to smuggle four live kittens, hidden in his pants, across a security checkpoint at the Malaysia-Singapore border, but the meows gave him away.
The 45-year-old man from Singapore tried to cross the border with the cats on Jan. 2, but the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority wrote in a Facebook post Friday the scheme was “impawsible.”
The government agency shared images of the kittens on the social media site and stated the incident occurred at the Tuas Checkpoint.
“(Immigration & Checkpoints Authority) officers detected four live kittens concealed in the pants of a 45-year-old male Singaporean in a Singapore-registered car at Tuas Checkpoint,” the organization wrote. “Officers were prompted to conduct further checks when they heard ‘meowing’ sounds coming from a bulge in his pants. The case was referred to Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) for investigation. The kittens are now under the care and quarantine of AVA.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore for more details.
The agency noted: “Smuggled animals are of unknown health status and may introduce exotic diseases, such as rabies, to Singapore. Under the Animals and Birds Act, the importation of any animals or live birds into Singapore without a licence is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both.”
People have tried to smuggle animals while traveling before. Late last year, a passenger was caught attempting to smuggle live birds through hair rollers at John F. Kennedy International Airport.