- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 4, 2013

A man traveling from southern China to Beijing on Monday tried to make it through security in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport by hiding his pet turtle in a KFC hamburger.

Identified only as surname Li, the man was about to board a China Southern Airlines flight when X-ray machines detected a few “odd protrusions” sticking out of a KFC burger that the man had packed in his bag, the South China Morning Post reported.

Airport staff said the protrusions looked like turtle limbs, so they asked to inspect Li’s luggage.

“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li reportedly said. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”

Li said that he had only wanted to travel together with his “beloved” turtle, the Morning Post said. He agreed to let a friend care for it while he was away.