After appearing suspicious and nervous at a checkpoint in a Mexican airport, workers decided to search Roberto Sol Cabrera Zavaleta, a 38-year-old Mexican citizen, to find out what he was up to. But to their surprise, instead of trying to smuggle anything harmful or highly illegal like drugs or weapons, the man was found with 18 titi monkeys under his clothes.
The smuggler claimed that the monkeys were his pets that he had bought for $30. He had carried the monkeys from Lima, Peru and kept them in his suitcase. But fearing that the X-ray machines at the airport would harm them, he put the monkeys under his clothes. However, after being stuffed under his clothes, 2 of the 18 monkeys died, and only 16 of the endangered species were left alive.
There’s not much of a lesson here except don’t try to smuggle an endangered species through airport security by stuffing them in your pants and under your shirt. Not only will you get in trouble, but you might hurt your beloved pets as well.