A Chinese man, named Li, became a celebrity after he tried to smuggle his pet turtle disguised as a hamburger on a plane on July 29. Flight 345 to Beijing, however, left without the turtle, as the airport security didn’t fall the the trick. As Li casually tried to board his flight, the security guards got curious about the X-ray machine’s readings of Li’s luggage. The innocent KFC hamburger looked nothing but odd, as it clearly had limbs.
According to South China Morning Post News, even caught red handed, Li still tried to cover up his story: “There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li reportedly insisted. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”
Li finally acquiesced to an inspection after repeated requests from airport staff, who uncovered the pet turtle hidden inside the burger. When asked why he had devised this strange idea, Li said that he had only wanted to travel together with his “beloved” turtle.
After staff patiently explained that turtles could not be smuggled on board the plane, Li reluctantly agreed to allow a friend to care for his pet while he was away.