Man caught trying to smuggle almost 40 turtles across the border in his pants

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Man Caught Smuggling Almost 40 Turtles Down His Pants

It doesn't work with birds, it doesn't work with snakes and it most certainly doesn't work with turtles.

But one Ontario man refused to let the shortcomings of his peers stop him from trying (and failing) to smuggle close to 40 turtles across the border in his pants.

Police say Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, was stopped for an inspection at the Niagara border crossing.

That's when Canada Border Services Agency found the 38 turtles strapped to his legs.

According to court documents, the turtles were in plastic bags and taped to his legs under his pants - and there were all kinds of turtles: ringed map turtles, diamondback terrapins, three toed box turtles, spotted turtles and red eared sliders.

Yan has been fined $3,500, sentenced to 50 hours of community service and is on probation for 2 years.

Two thousand dollars of his fine will go straight to the Environmental Damages Fund. Plus, he can't own or even be around turtles or tortoises for the next 10 years -- which presumably must be devastating for him.

Also, apparently people putting turtles in their pants and trying to cross the Canadian border is a thing nowadays.

In 2014, a man named Kai Xu was arrested crossing the border with 51 snapping turtles taped to his body. Yes, SNAPPING turtles.

We've seen some wild trends blow up this year, but here's to hoping this won't become one of them.

Related: Baby sea turtles being released into the Atlantic:

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Man caught trying to smuggle almost 40 turtles across the border in his pants
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A green turtle is held as marine turtle specialists prepare to release the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are seen before they are released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, transfers some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into a box before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, transfers some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into a box before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard LTJG Jessica Shafer (2nd R) helps marine turtle specialists load onto the boat boxes of some of more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, as they prepare to release them into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Sydney Jimenez, a Marine Turtle Specialist, carries some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, before they are taken out and released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are seen before they are released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard BM2 Humberto Diaz pilots the boat as turtle specialists on board search for a spot to place the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A researcher releases some of the more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: U.S. Coast Guard LTJG Jessica Shafer helps David Anderson, a Marine Turtle Specialist, carry a box of some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, as they prepare to release them into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick (L) and David Anderson, both Marine Turtle Specialists, release some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Some of the more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, wait to be released into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick, a Marine Turtle Specialist, prepares to release a Loggerhead turtle as it joins more than 570 baby sea turtles, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, being released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: Laurie Herrick (L) and David Anderson, both Marine Turtle Specialists, release some of the more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A Loggerhead hatchling swims in the water as more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: David Anderson, a Marine Turtle Specialist, prepares to release a Loggerhead turtle as it joins more than 570 baby sea turtles including the Loggerhead and Green turtles being released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtles hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
BOCA RATON, FL - JULY 27: A Loggerhead hatchling swims in the water as more than 570 sea turtle hatchlings, including the Loggerhead and Green turtles, are released back into the Atlantic Ocean in a joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the Gumbo-Limbo Nature Center on July 27, 2015 in Boca Raton, Florida. The sea turtle hatchlings come from turtle nests located along beaches throughout Florida, which are the primary nesting grounds for Loggerhead sea turtles. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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