The tortoises in a patisserie box The tortoises in a patisserie box -@ Copyright : German central customs office

German customs officers confiscated three protected tortoises after a man tried to smuggle them into the country disguised as a dessert.

The 69-year old was stopped at Schönefeld Airport in Berlin after arriving on a flight from Cairo.

Asked about the contents of a patisserie box, he claimed the objects inside were chocolate.

The authorities, however, discovered three live Moroccan tortoises.

Trafficking the reptiles can lead to a fine of €50,000 or up to five years in prison.

 

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