On January 2, border patrol agents at the Tuas checkpoint in Singapore arrested a man attempting to smuggle four kittens into neighboring Malaysia. The unidentified man, 45, had hidden the cats in his pants. According to Agence France-Presse, the agents heard strange “meowing” sounds coming from the man’s trousers. After examining the mysterious bulge in his trousers, they discovered four live kittens.
The man, a resident of Singapore, faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $7,360. In a statement released by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, the agency attempted to make light of the situation, stating, “Trying to get past fur-midable officers?. Impawsible.”
Officials are unsure as to why the man was smuggling the cats but believe he may have wanted to sell them. An immigration authority spokesperson said it is fairly common for people to smuggle illegal imports such as cigarettes under their clothing. “But to stuff four live kittens into one’s trousers,” she said, “this is the first time we’ve seen it.”