Two live parrots found smuggled inside Elmo doll

The parrots (left) were hidden inside an Elmo doll (right). Credit: CBP

Two live parrots were found hidden inside an Elmo doll by US customs officials in Arizona.

The American Customs and Border Protection team seized the birds earlier this month after an X-ray revealed the Sesame Street toy was not all it seemed.

Birds entering the United States are regulated because they could carry diseases.

The parrots were transferred to a government quarantine and the couple attempting to smuggle the creatures from Mexico were fined $300 (£175).