Dried frogs, holy water and a bat – is Michelle Boag back from holiday then?

Some people pack amazing things in their luggage.

Dried frogs, holy water and a bat are among a range of unusual items intercepted at New Zealand airports and ports.

Recent figures from show 176,700 visitors arrived in New Zealand in May, an increase of 10 per cent on May 2014.

Ministry for Primary Industries staff intercepted 6733 items of biosecurity interest from passengers during May. Of these, 5803 were declared.

Some of the notable interceptions included dried frogs declared as food, some undeclared fruit fly-infested chillies, a tiger tooth and a vesper bat which was intercepted in a sea container at the Tauranga port.

Staff also intercepted plant cuttings, a bulb, a tuber and seeds after a bio-security dog sniffed out the plants near a man’s groin.  

The New Zealand resident was wearing two pairs of underpants and the itchy concealment included ivy from a castle in Poland.

Auckland Airport MPI biosecurity staff also seized a bottle containing untreated holy water from the River Ganges. It contained a mosquito which had the potential to carry malaria.

Holy Water from the Ganges? Have they seen the river? People are cremated and chucked into the river. Quite how that makes it holy is beyond me.

IND_040415_152_x Across the Ganges River from the cremation ghats in Varanasi, India, human remains wash up on the sandy shore. A human skull.

Across the Ganges River from the cremation ghats in Varanasi, India, human remains wash up on the sandy shore. A human skull.

Still all these sound precisely like the sort of stuff a poisonous lying scumbag would take on holiday.


– Fairfax

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