US Customs Seized Four Mummified Monkeys at Boston Logan International Airport

by Anthony Losanno

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US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) found four mummified monkeys tucked into a passenger’s luggage at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) last month. The illegal import from the Democratic Republic of Congo was found thanks to a K9 unit.

CBP Buddy

While CBP Canine (K9) units normally find drugs or guns, one hero pooch named Buddy was able to detect four deceased and dehydrated monkeys on January 8th. The passenger connected to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) on Delta Air Lines flight DL225 after visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo.

USA Today is reporting that the passenger claimed that the bag only held dried fish, but closer inspection found the monkeys’ bodies. Raw or minimally processed meat from wild animals from Africa, Latin America, and Asia is called “bushmeat.” This meat can be from bats, primates, cane rats, and antelope. It poses a potential communicable disease risk and is forbidden from being brought into the United States.

CBP contacted the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and it requested that the luggage be seized. It instructed Delta Air Lines to either destroy or return the bags to France. The four kilograms of bushmeat was held for the CDC and marked for destruction.

Julio Caravia, Area Port Director – CBP Boston, said:

The potential dangers posed by bringing bushmeat into the United States are real. 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 US.”

Anthony’s Take: There are some things that don’t belong in your luggage and mummified monkeys are definitely on there. Congrats to Buddy for sniffing out this bushmeat and keeping it out of the country.

(Image Credits: Jamie Haughton and US Customs and Border Protection.)

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