The Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) intercepted a shipment of 119 live tarantulas concealed inside rubber shoe boxes at the DHL warehouse.
The parcel declared as “buty” (Polish word for shoes) was shipped by a certain “Michal Krolicki” from Poland to a consignee in General Trias, Cavite.
Customs operatives and examiners noticed that the package yielded suspicious images, and was subjected to physical examination.
Customs examiners found different species of live tarantulas in individual plastic vials.
The seized tarantulas were immediately turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) for proper handling and care. The Customs unit at the airport has been preventing incidents of wildlife trade recently.