Dutch customs find hundreds of tarantulas #bizarreworld

DUTCH customs have confiscated hundreds of live tarantulas on a  flight from Peru after discovering them hidden in a suitcase, officials say.

“Customs at Schiphol airport found 200 live tarantulas and an assortment of  other insects including bugs, crickets, grasshoppers and millipedes,” customs  officials said in a statement, issued by their umbrella Finance Ministry.

“The animals were collected by a German couple on a recent trip to Peru and  were put in plastic containers and tubes hidden in their clothing and shoes,”  the statement said, adding that some of the tarantulas were of a type little  known to science.

The creepy crawlies have been handed over to Dutch animal welfare authorities  for further investigation, finance ministry spokeswoman Lindy van Galen told  AFP, saying a criminal case had been opened against the German couple.

“Animals are regularly smuggled from other countries to the Netherlands, but  never in this quantity,” she said.

Animals most popular among smugglers were seahorses, Van Galen added.

Between 120,000 and 140,000 passengers pass daily through Schiphol, Europe’s  fourth-largest airport.

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