Customs find 90 reptiles in passenger’s luggage at Vienna airport

The Austrian Customs authorities on Tuesday found no fewer than 90 reptiles in the luggage of a passenger at Vienna airport which the Ministry of Finance estimated had a total sales value of 47,000 euros.

The 50-year-old had flown from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to Vienna and was checked when he wanted to use the exit for travelers without goods to declare.

To their shock, the officials found an initially unmanageable amount of reptiles in three transport boxes, the ministry added.

The animals, none which were considered protected species, were handed over to Schönbrunn Zoo, some of them already in visibly poor health.

The man explained during his interrogation that the animals were worthless to him and had only taken the geckos to feed them to his snakes.

“Fortunately, there is good news for the rescued animals, which have all recovered well and have currently found a new home in Schönbrunn Zoo”, said Austrian Finance Minister Magnus Brunner.

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