In every hotel room, there is a tidy little book that describes hotel amenities and services. Beyond the room service menu, who reads this? Luckily, I did and opened up to this page outlining Import & Export restrictions in Malaysia:
- pornography (ho hum) ,
- flick knives (obsessively prohibited in China, Singapore and Malaysia)
- broadcast receivers of certain frequency (doesn’t seem specific enough to be enforceable) ,
- goods from Israel (..Oh-KAY .. I suppose, this is a Muslim country) and
- animals like piranhas … Piranhas (??!! )
Exactly How would one smuggle in a piranha ? In a ziploc baggie of water ? Think about it – It’d be tricky with carry on.
Maybe if you froze it first. I remember a biology experiment where we added ice cubes to fishes & they lived to pretty low temperatures. But those were guppies, not tropical piranhas ..
Besides, Why would one want to smuggle a piranha ?
Outside is a 35 degree tropical jungle, festering with tigers, snakes, crocodiles and viscous looking wild monkeys. There’s enough wildlife out there to stock a zoo.
Wait a sec.
In the Metro-Toronto Zoo there’s an entire exhibit dedicated to the Malaysia-Indonesia region. It hits me like a truck. I am inside that exhibit.
Were there piranhas in the exhibit ? Maybe that’s why we’re not allowed to smuggle them in.