Smuggling a contraband into a country is a dirty business, especially when goods being transported illegally are things like drugs or weapons. A man in the Philippines has been caught smuggling goods from Poland in boxes made to look like they contain cookies and other tasty treats. What customs officials found when they looked inside, however, definitely did not match the packaging.
As Associated Press reports, the gift-wrapped boxes contained more than 757 live tarantulas, all of which were bound for new homes in the Philippines. The arachnids, which were being brought illegally to collectors and enthusiasts, have now landed the recipient in a heap of troubles.
In the Philippines, collectors and traders of such creatures require a permit that most people do not bother to get Because of this, a black market for the venomous has sprung up, and smugglers routinely try to transport the creatures while flying under the radar of law enforcement.
In this case, the spiders were labeled as "collection items" in the customs process, but the customs officers quickly realized what was actually hiding within the packages. The arachnids hidden in the boxes were stored in small containers with air holes punched in them. The arachnids hidden in the boxes were stored in small containers with air holes punched in them. Both large adult spiders and smaller baby tantalus were found in the packages, and officials place the value of the animals at the equivalent of about $ 6,000.
It goes without saying, but the smuggling of living creatures is a pretty scummy business. Tarantulas may not exactly be the kind of cuddly creatures displayed on environmental posters, but they still should not be packed into cookie boxes and smuggled into foreign countries by hundreds.