Blood on clothes from lion's dinner

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

Relevant offers

Travel Troubles

Flight passengers describe smoke-filled cabin Passengers eject politicians out of plane for causing delay Laments and long lines amid Air France pilots' strike Photographer stunned by baby on cliff edge Mexico to airlift tourists after Hurricane Odile Passenger films flames shooting out of plane engine Tourism exec unhappy about Ebola reports Malaysia Airlines flight turns around Fog envelops Auckland, delays flights Qantas policy leaves passenger out of pocket

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