Live lizards found in parcel post from Tenerife
Customs agents in Germany have rescued 39 live lizards in a postal package from Tenerife. It is a protected species, so the consignee of the shipment faces a penalty of five years in jail.
As revealed by the customs office in Saarbrücken, the events were recorded at the Speyer international loading station when during an X-ray inspection it was found that the package contained live animals, although it was not recorded as such.
Officers opened the postal package, in which they found the animals in individual cloth bags and sewn up to prevent their departure. The consignee of the shipment, a woman from North Rhine-Westphalia, faces a heavy fine, as small lizards can only be imported to Germany with a special permit.
After their rescue, the animals were taken to a shelter. According to German media, despite the fact that the lizards travelled in a cardboard box in the bags and without water or food, they survived the transfer.