The man had just returned from visiting Cairo, Egypt, where he managed to nab the three live Moroccan tortoises and was hoping to smuggle them back into Germany.
When questioned about the box, the man claimed the tortoise-shaped objects were just chocolates. Clearly, they weren’t.
These Moroccan tortoises are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. They are now doing fine and have been placed in the care of the border veterinarian, according to The Local.