A ferret was illegally brought to the country by the ferry Norræna on June 5. The smuggler was caught but the whereabouts of the animal are unknown.
Norræna in Seyðisfjörður. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
A man of foreign origin who lives in the capital region carried the ferret and was stopped at customs when he disembarked the ferry, Morgunblaðið reports.
The man said he wouldn’t part with the animal and that he would return with the ferry. Customs officers accompanied him onboard.
Shortly afterwards the man was seen jumping to land, carrying the ferret. The man was caught but at that point the animal had disappeared.
Iceland has very strict regulations on the import of animals in order to protect the country’s wildlife and domesticated animals.
For example, Icelandic horses that are taken abroad for competitions can never return to their home country.