Man arrested in Peru airport with 20 birds in suitcase
A Belgian man has been arrested at Lima Airport in Peru with 20 live birds stuffed into his suitcase.
Hugo Conings, 54, was caught trying to smuggle the birds out of the country in small cardboard boxes, officers said.
They added that he was planning to fly to Madrid, Spain, to sell the birds - which were all protected species.
While all of the birds survived, some showed signs of dehydration and stress and had lost part of their plumage after spending hours in the boxes.
Mr Conings was arrested on Monday and could face up to five years in prison for illegal wildlife trafficking.