Crocodile found in man's boot on a plane over Australia
This man tried to smuggle a reptile in his boot on an aeroplane across Australia
The crocodile was found in the man's boot
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By Helena Horton
10:09AM BST 28 Aug 2015
This story brings a new meaning to 'crocodile boots' - a 35-year-old man was fined for bringing a live crocodile onto a plane by smuggling it in his boot.
The man bought it from a crocodile park in the Northern Territory of Australia, where they have lax reptile-buying laws. If you want a massive, flesh-hungry crocodile there, you can get one.
The rest of the country doesn't have quite so liberal an attitude to people purchasing dangerous reptiles, so the man had to try to smuggle it into Queensland if he wanted to travel to other areas with his pet.
The baby crocodile was hidden in one of his boots, which was inside his suitcase, that was stored in the plane's baggage hold.
When the creature was found, the man was rebuked in Brisbane Magistrate's court and fined $5,700 (£2,653) for smuggling the reptile.Sadly, transporting the reptile in the luggage hold meant that it died shortly after being rescued.• Australian bar sparks outrage after using naked women as fruit platters
• Australia considers compulsory chemical castration for paedophilesAn environment department spokeswoman said: “The crocodile, which endured confinement in the unpressurised hold, was treated and given a new home with a licensed wildlife demonstrated but recently died.”The maximum penalty for reptile smuggling is two years’ jail and fines of up to $353,400 (£164,488).