A passenger surprised customs officers recently after arriving at the John F. Kennedy airport loaded with several plumes.
On Saturday, US Customs and Border Protection stopped a passenger arriving from Guyana and discovered that he had 70 live birds hidden in hair rollers in a black bag.
The finches were quarantined and delivered to the Department of Veterinary Services of Agriculture of the United States.
A 2015 outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the US, commonly known as bird flu, resulted in the slaughter of 50 million turkeys and commercial chickens, causing $850 million in damage, said the director of Customs and Border Protection in New York.
The birds measure between 10 and 20 centimeters and are also known as Darwin’s Finch, because of the relationship between them and the historical journey of the naturalist, geologist and British biologist Charles Darwin to the Galapagos Islands.
The confiscated finches were covered with meshes
Jeff Wilkinson is a Senior Politics Reporter at Debate Report covering provincial and national politics, . Before joining Debate Report, Jeff worked on several provincial campaigns including Jack Layton. Jeff has worked as a freelance journalist in Toronto, having been published by over 20 outlets including CBC, the Center for Media and VICE.com.