Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

The Garments of Egg Smugglers

October 22nd, 2012 · No Comments


The fear of detection begets some of the most admirable innovation around, a technological truism proved by the photographic records of Australian Customs. These galleries are chock full of devices that smugglers have used to route around law enforcement, mostly in order to convey drugs from Southeast Asia. But there are also several wearable inventions that are specially designed to harbor illicit eggs, which are in high demand among collectors of rare avian species. The cushioned vest above, for example, was tailored to hold sixteen eggs’ worth of endangered parrots, a haul that could easily be worth in excess of $20,000.

Plenty more examples of egg-smuggling couture after the jump.

Also, be sure to check out the latest Birdcrime report (PDF) from the United Kingdom. The brazenness of British egg poachers should certainly be cause for concern.

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