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06/12/2013 02:09 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2013

Emily Harris, 9-Year-Old Girl, Clears Customs With Toy Passport Identifying Her As Unicorn (PHOTO)

According to childhood legend, it's no secret that unicorns can fly. Once they've reached their destination, though, how do they clear customs?

As Emily Harris found out, apparently unicorns have no difficulty using passports just like the rest of us. During a trip to Turkey in late May, the 9-year-old girl likely came to that realization after entering the country on a toy passport, which identified her as a unicorn.

The girl's mother, Nicky, had accidentally mixed in Emily's toy passport with the rest of the family's legitimate documents, reports the South Wales Argus.

When the customs official at Turkey's Antalya Airport reviewed them, apparently the photo of "Lily," a bright purple unicorn identified as having black-colored eyes, a height of 37cm, and -- tellingly -- a giant horn, didn't raise suspicions. Indeed, a stamp admitting the creature into the country can clearly be seen in a photo of the passport's lower right corner.

“I didn’t realise until I was putting the passports away. There was a moment of panic when I thought someone would come chasing after us, but nothing,” Nicky told the Argus, adding, “We saw the funny side and laughed at the fact that the officer had even stamped the passport."

The story earned mixed reactions on Antalya Expats, a Facebook page for English speakers in Turkey's Antalya region.

Writes one man, Stephen Layton: "Doesn't sound right! Every time I come and go from the country, they not only stamp the passport, but scan it too!" Though he eventually relents: "I suppose they still charged the £10 for a visa."

PHOTO of Emily, her toy passport and Lily the unicorn:
emily harris unicorn passport

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