Mummified Monkey Remains Are Discovered At Boston Airport By A Border Protection K-9: Know More Here

According to a press statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an airline passenger was detained this week at Boston’s Logan International Airport for attempting to bring four mummified monkeys into the country illegally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mummified Monkey Remains Are Discovered At Boston Airport By A Border Protection K-9: Know More Here

After the suspect’s Delta flight landed from Paris on Thursday, a CBP K-9 unit named Buddey detected the monkeys, leading to the arrest on Thursday.

The leftovers are called “bushmeat,” which is raw or very lightly cooked wild animal meat that is prohibited in the United States because it may be contaminated.

“The potential dangers posed by bringing bushmeat into the United States are real,” Julio Caravia, Area Port Director – CBP Boston, said in a statement. “Bushmeat can carry germs that can cause illness, including the Ebola virus. The work of CBP’s K9 unit and Agricultural Specialist were vital in preventing this potential danger from entering the U.S.,” he added.

Officials were initially informed by the alleged suspect that the bag contained merely dried fish.

The bones were not discovered via an X-ray, but the monkeys were discovered when the suspect’s luggage was physically examined.

According to FOX 25, the remains were wrapped in a blanket and placed into a basket within a box.

The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was reportedly called right away by CBP. The suitcases carrying the monkeys were requested to be destroyed or returned to Paris by the CDC.

Bags will be destroyed, according to CBP.

The charges that the suspect might face were not disclosed by CBP.

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