Stuffed animals have skeletons, don’t they?

Perhaps you heard about the woman who tried to smuggle a tiger cub through an airport this weekend.

If nothing else, the story illustrates how ignorance of relatively simple scientific concepts can lead to failure.

Authorities at Bangkok’s international airport found a baby tiger cub that had been drugged and hidden alongside a stuffed toy tiger in the suitcase of a woman flying from Thailand to Iran, an official and a wildlife protection group said Friday.

The woman, a Thai national, had checked in for her flight and her overweight bag was sent for an X-ray which showed what appeared to be a live animal inside, according to TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring group.

What Ms. Palasarn failed to realize is that scanning machines known as x-rays can actually see inside the objects they scan. Objects like luggage, stuffed animals and baby tigers. And as shocking as it may be to this young lady, the inside of a stuffed animal looks VASTLY different than the inside of a living thing.

The last I checked, my teddy didn’t have working organs.

The bad news: This is just another example of how most people in the world have no idea how science and technology works.

The good news: Criminals seem to be statistically just a bit more likely to be ignorant than the rest of us. Unless you believe what you see in the movies. One day I’ll do a study to confirm this hypothesis.

The better news: At the time I’m writing this, the baby tiger is alive and recovering from its ordeal. And while a wildlife center may not be the best place in the world for it (which would be its natural habitat, I should think), I think it’s much better off than wherever Ms. Palasarn was going to take it.

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