When people declare food they're bringing into New Zealand officers at our borders don't normally expect to inspect donkey penis.
But much to the surprise of Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) staff that was the case when a passenger on a flight from China produced a 29 centimetre (with the end cut off) phallus from their luggage at Wellington International Airport last month.
An MPI spokesman said the Chinese passenger was travelling from China to Wellington and had declared they were carrying food.
Upon inspection of their bags the penis was found, along with other donkey meat, the spokesman said.
Both items were destroyed and although they could not bring them into the country, the person did not face prosecution as they had declared the food upon arrival, the spokesman said.
The eating of male animal genitalia is not uncommon in China, with restaurant chain Guo Li Zhuang specialising in dishes prepared from the nether regions of a number of species, including horse, ox, donkey, deer and even dog.
It was also not the first time someone has brought an animal penis to New Zealand's borders.
In 2010, a Cambodian woman was caught by a sniffer dog with a tiger penis and gall bladder in her luggage at Auckland International Airport.
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