The New Daily – It’s been a strange year for Australia’s biosecurity officers, with two live squirrels the latest items to be intercepted at airports and seaports.
A man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly tried to smuggle the rodents into Brisbane on his way back from Bali two weeks ago.
Biosecurity and Australian Border Force officers approached him at the airport and located the squirrels following a tip-off from a member of the public.
They then had to be euthanized because of the risk they posed.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ Nico Padovan said the man’s alleged actions were unbelievable.
“Squirrels can carry rabies – which is present in Bali – and if this disease was to arrive here the toll on human and animal health would be huge,” he said.
“Every year more than 60,000 people worldwide die from rabies.”
The latest biosecurity breach comes just one month after American basketballer Lamar Patterson brought his French bulldog Kobe into Australia in his carry-on luggage. Animal Species Most Likely To Attack Humans
MORE OF TODAY’S TOP HEALTH NEWS: 15,000 Illegals Put Up In HHS Border Yurts | Rep.-Elect Links Vaccines, Autism | MORE Crapped-In Beef