Upon returning from a visit to China, a 60-year-old Taiwanese woman has been stopped at customs with 24 gerbils strapped to her legs.
The woman was stopped by Coast Guard officials after she was spotted walking in an awkward fashion through the airport on the Taiwanese Island of Kinmen.
After being pulled aside for questioning, 24 individually wrapped gerbils were found to be strapped to the woman’s legs and covered by a skirt.
Local news station 97x were reportedly told that the gerbil smuggler was bringing the animals into the country to give to friends after purchasing them in China. However, authorities suspect that the reasoning was a more sinister test of inspection procedure.
Taiwanese police charged the woman with violating the Infectious Animal Disease Prevention and Control Act.