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US Customs and Border Protection Dog Alerts Authorities to Bag, Investigation Finds Creepy Cargo

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US Customs and Border Protection Dog Alerts Authorities to Bag, Investigation Finds Creepy Cargo

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US Customs and Border Protection Dog Alerts Authorities to Bag, Investigation Finds Creepy Cargo

 By The Associated Press  February 11, 2024 at 8:44am

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out something unusual in luggage from a traveler returning from Africa — mummified monkeys.

The passenger returning from a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo reported that the luggage contained dried fish, but an inspection at Boston Logan International Airport revealed dead and dehydrated bodies of four monkeys, agents said.

Raw or minimally processed meat from wild animals, sometimes referred to as “bushmeat,” is banned in the U.S. because of the threat of disease.

“The potential dangers posed by bringing bushmeat into the United States are real. Bushmeat can carry germs that can cause illness, including the Ebola virus,” said Julio Caravia, local port director for Customs and Border Protection.

The dehydrated bodies of four dead monkeys were discovered by a police dog in luggage at customs at Boston Logan International Airport, officials said. https://t.co/bchui6gYud

— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) February 10, 2024

The incident happened last month but was made public on Friday.

Ryan Bissette, a CPB spokesperson, said Sunday that no charges were filed but all of the luggage was seized and the nearly 9 pounds of bushmeat were marked for destruction by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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