Blood on clothes from lion's dinner

OLIVIA WANNAN
Last updated 12:22 09/04/2014

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Couple hit with $4000 fee to change $600 flights to New Zealand Intoxicated man threatens to kill passengers on Alaska Airlines flight Auckland trains getting back on track Storm north of New Zealand could ground flights Man pees on passenger, mid-flight fight follows Air New Zealand flight diverted to Nelson Airport Tekapo petition urges council to close Hamilton Dr freedom camping zone Booking website puts woman's name in wrong order on plane tickets 'Truly terrifying': 4000-passenger Anthem of the Seas ship sails into mega storm US tourist makes spelling error, gets lost for six hours in Iceland

A passenger arriving at Wellington Airport with blood-splattered clothes alarmed officials.

The offending shoes and clothing were in his baggage, and the traveller brought the items to the attention of biosecurity officers when he arrived last month.

He said the blood was from a cow he had killed in Namibia to be fed to a lion, Ministry for Primary Industries spokesman Andrew Spelman said.

Such a declaration was rare, Spelman said. "The only other similar incident I know from the last few years is when a pig farmer arrived at Wellington with some blood on his jeans."

The safari tourist was given the choice to toss the clothing, or have it treated. He elected to have just his shoes treated and threw out the rest.

"We weren't going to let the soiled clothing into the country unless it was treated. The biosecurity risk of it containing a disease that could damage New Zealand's primary industries was too great."

By telling officials about the bloodied items, the man saved himself a "hefty" fine, he said.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content