A Taiwanese woman was stopped at a customs checkpoint on the island of Kinmen after returning from a visit to China.

Coast Guard officials were conducting routine inspections when they noticed the woman walking awkwardly. They found that she had 24 gerbils strapped to her legs and covered by a skirt.

She claimed that she was smuggling them for friends and had purchased them at a pet store in China. Officials believe she was sent by a smuggling ring to test out inspection procedures at the port.

The 60-year-old was charged with violating the Infectious Animal Disease Prevention and Control Act and the animals were euthanized.

Coast Guard Administration