27 Nov 2012

$400 fine after ostrich eggs found in luggage

4:21 pm on 27 November 2012

Biosecurity officials in Auckland have made what they say is a bizarre discovery of two large ostrich eggs in a passenger's luggage.

The passenger, who holds a South African passport, had his baggage searched at the international terminal after arriving on a flight from Melbourne.

The search uncovered two whole eggs with yolk weighing about 1.5kg each.

The Ministry for Primary Industries says it beggars belief that the passenger could possibly have forgotten to declare something of that size.

It says the eggs could have been carrying avian diseases and the intention may have been to use them for breeding.

The passenger was fined $400.