Turtle Disguised As Burger Smuggled Through Airport In China

07/31/2013 05:11 pm ET | Updated Aug 01, 2013

We've heard of snakes on a plane, but now turtles, too?

Security officials at China's Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport noticed something rather peculiar in the bag of a traveler identified only as "Mr. Li" on Monday.

The airport's X-ray machine showed “suspicious corners” on what appeared to be a KFC sandwich package, according to the AFP.

Mr. Li vehemently insisted the item was "nothing but a burger. " When security staff pointed out that the odd shape of the burger resembled that of a turtle, Li replied, “There is no turtle in there, just a hamburger. There’s nothing special to see inside,” the South China Morning Post News.

Officials forced Mr. Li to open his bag and found that he was indeed attempting to transport his "beloved" pet turtle on the plane. The man reportedly was able to entrust the animal in a friend's care before continuing on his flight to Beiing.

According to Kotaku, users of Weibo -- China's Twitter -- have been responding to the story by uploading the "Turtle Burger" image seen above and first posted by Flickr user Flaunted.

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