Prickly pair found at checkpoint

A routine check on a Singapore-registered taxi at Woodlands Checkpoint uncovered several unusual passengers on Feb 6.

Two hedgehogs and a gecko were found among the belongings of a Malaysian passenger, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said in a joint statement yesterday.

The hedgehogs were hidden inside a shoe box, while the gecko had been placed in a small plastic container in the 26-year-old passenger's white zip pouch.

He and the animals were handed over to AVA for investigations. The driver was not implicated.

AVA fined the offender $1,500 for the illegal import of animals. The animals were sent to the Singapore Zoo.

AVA reminded travellers not to bring live animals, birds and insects into Singapore without a proper permit.