Chinese customs catch man smuggling live ant colony for 'wine making'

Updated 2018-03-20 10:55:02

Customs officials at a Chengdu airport were surely bugging out after they came across a suitcase containing a large ant colony previously destined to be made into medicinal wine.

The 4.4-kilogram ant nest was seized by staff at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport Customs on Sunday. Its owner, a Chinese national, had arrived on a flight from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

He had chosen to take the "Nothing to Declare" lane when customs agents noticed an unusual cluster when his luggage passed through their X-ray.

Agents opened it to find a nest with hundreds of live ants.

Customs said the man had dug up the colony in Ethiopia and intended to infuse it into a medicinal wine.

The insects were handed over to quarantine authorities.

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