A wild, but slow-moving getaway was attempted at a German airport recently when a giant snail briefly escaped. After following its slime trail authorities found 92 more giant snails.
The Giant African Snail (Lissachatina fulica or GAS) can grow up to almost 8 inches in length and be nearly 3 inches in girth and 93 of them were recently found in the Dusseldorf airport after one made a break for it in the baggage claim area.
According to Aviation Pros, authorities found what they initially thought was a toy however they were quickly shocked when it moved. After following the slime trail they found a suitcase with a hole in it. Inside the suitcase were 92 more Giant African Snails.
The luggage had gone unclaimed after arriving from Nigeria and apparently, one of the snails made a break for it. Its freedom was short-lived after agents from the customs team scooped them up. Although unusual, and known to carry disease, the snails were not known to be endangered or protected and were most likely being shipped in to use as food.
The suitcase remained unclaimed and appears to have violated customs procedures for transporting live animals.
Maybe a giant African land snail would make a good pet? pic.twitter.com/jxBNDrv14o— Weird Science (@weird_sci) September 15, 2022