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Feds Charge Man With Smuggling Songbirds in Pant Leg on Vietnam Flight to U.S.

Now this one tops them all.  A federal affidavit says an airport inspector asked Mr. Dong to lift up a pant leg and “noticed bird feathers and droppings on Dong’s socks.” That was probably a good indication that something was wrong. Or at least that he needed to change his socks. Four of the birds were magpie robins  like the one pictured in photo to the right.

photo by lcsd.gov.vhk

photo by lcsd.gov.vhk

By Raquel Maria Dillon
Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – A man was charged Tuesday with smuggling songbirds into the United States by hiding more than a dozen of them in an elaborate, custom-tailored pair of leggings during a flight from Vietnam to Los Angeles.

Sony Dong, 46, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in March after an inspector spotted bird feathers and droppings on his socks and tail feathers peeking out from under his pants, prosecutors said.

“He had fashioned these special cloth devices to hold the birds,” said U.S. attorney spokesman Thom Mrozek. “They were secured by cloth wrappings and attached to his calves with buttons.”

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