hummingbird smuggler

An air passenger has been caught trying to smuggle more than a dozen live hummingbirds inside his pants.

The tiny birds were discovered hidden in special pouches sewn inside the Dutchman's pants at Rochambeau airport in Cayenne, French Guiana.

They were individually wrapped in cloth and taped up to stop them from escaping.

Airport officials noticed the passenger fidgeting and acting suspiciously, and the man was detained by French customs officers.

The detainee, who is believed to have a previous record for trying to smuggle tiny creatures, was arrested but it is not yet known whether he has been charged.

The incident is yet another in a string of similar attempts to smuggle live animals between countries.

In August, a passenger was detained at Miami airport for attempting to sneak a collection of snakes and tortoises in his trousers, and in May, a passenger was caught trying to smuggle a virtual zoo, including baby panthers, leopards and monkeys, in his luggage.