CAIRO (AP) — An official at Cairo airport says a
foot-long baby crocodile wriggled out of a passenger’s hand luggage and
caused panic on a flight from the United Arab Emirates.

A crew
member on the EgyptAir flight from Abu Dhabi rounded up the wayward
reptile and calmed passengers. The airport security official says the
animal was seized and given to the Cairo Zoo.

Transporting exotic
animals in and out of the Egypt is illegal, and none of the passengers
on Friday’s flight claimed ownership of the baby croc.

The airport official spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press.