Pair with sugar gliders busted at checkpoint

Two sugar gliders, nocturnal gliding marsupials that live in trees, were found in a pouch in a car entering Singapore on Wednesday. The driver and his female passenger, both Singaporeans, have been referred to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.
Two sugar gliders, nocturnal gliding marsupials that live in trees, were found in a pouch in a car entering Singapore on Wednesday. The driver and his female passenger, both Singaporeans, have been referred to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

Immigration officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint made a "sweet" find in the early hours of Valentine's Day - two sugar gliders hidden in a car coming into Singapore.

The two animals, which are small, omnivorous, nocturnal gliding marsupials that live in trees, were found inside a pouch.

Officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) also found 44 cartons and 210 packets of duty-unpaid cigarettes, hidden inside the dashboard and centre console of the car.

ICA officers referred the driver, a 25-year-old man, and the passenger, a 20-year-old woman, both Singaporeans, to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore.

The duty-unpaid cigarettes and vehicle were handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigations.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the ICA reminded travellers not to import or keep wild animals as pets.

Under the Animals and Birds Act, it is an offence to bring into Singapore any animal without an import licence.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2018, with the headline 'Pair with sugar gliders busted at checkpoint'. Print Edition | Subscribe