German customs officers say a path of slime led them to a stash of virtually 100 large African land snails and different objects hidden inside baggage at Duesseldorf Airport this month.
In an announcement Friday, authorities stated officers stumbled over one of many snails on a baggage truck and initially thought it was a toy till it began shifting. By following the path left by the 20-centimeter (8-inch) snail, they discovered a bag with a gap, with one other snail already peeping out of it — presumably making ready a splash for freedom.
In whole, officers discovered six baggage containing 93 giant snails, 28 kilograms (62 kilos) of fish and smoked meat, and a suitcase stuffed with rotting meat. All had been imported from Nigeria and have been destined for an African items retailer in western Germany.
The snails were handed to an animal rescue service in Duesseldorf and the meat was destroyed, customs officers stated.
“By no means within the historical past of the Duesseldorf customs workplace has a path of slime led us to smuggled items,” stated its spokesman Michael Stroll.