American man allegedly carried live albino alligator in suitcase at German airport: report
An American man was reported to have a live albino alibigator in his suitcase at a German airport. The reptile was reportedly recovered from a suitcase belonging to an American man in Germany last Month and is currently on the road towards recovery.
The three-foot–long alligator was detected at the Munich Airport in late September with one of the airport’s security checkpoint X-ray machines, according to a report by Suddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper.
Custom officers found the alligator wrapped with cling film when opening the suitcase.
Fox News Digital reached the Munich Airport’s media relations department for comment. They were redirected to an airport customs spokesman.
The spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A photo of the alleged albino gator and an alleged image from X-ray of the animal were shared on social media by international news agencies. The images show an alligator fixed in a circular position using duct tape and plastic wrap.
Suddeutsche Zeitung reports that the alligator was completely wrapped except for its nostrils.
The rare reptile’s health was in poor condition at the time, but the alligator is in better shape now after receiving care from animal keepers, the airport’s customs office reportedly announced on Oct. 13, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung. The man who tried to bring the alligator through Munich Airport was apparently traveling to Singapore , Suddeutsche Zeitung reported.
His name hasn’t been revealed, but authorities say he is 42 years old, Suddeutsche Zeitung reported. The man’s U.S. residence was not reported. According to the newspaper’s report, the man’s cellphone and bank account were taken. He was then ordered to pay a five digit security deposit.
Legal proceedings and a criminal investigation are in progress and the man is believed to have violated Germany’s Species Protection and Animal Welfare Act, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung.
German authorities have not confirmed whether the man’s unusual and dangerous transport method of the alligator was a smuggling attempt, according to The Straits Times, an English-language Singaporean newspaper.
According to the Audubon Nature Institute, albino alligators can be found only in very rare areas and have translucent white skin. A man from America had a live albino aligator (not pictured), packed in his suitcase at the Munich Airport, Germany.
The news outlet reported that rare animals fetch a high price in Singapore’s illegal animal trade.
“Many of the species that were being offered for sale are exotic wildlife species that are not allowed to be sold or offered for sale, or kept as pets in Singapore, including several species that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites),” Dr. Adrian Loo, group director of wildlife management within Singapore’s National Parks Board, told The Straits Times.
Wildlife experts estimate there are only about 100 to 200 albino alligators in the world, according to a report from the Animal World & Snake Farm Zoo, a conservation center in New Braunfels, Texas.
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