A dead crocodile was found in a plane passenger's luggage at an airport in Poland.

Prosecutors are deciding if any laws were breached and if they weren't he can have his crocodile back. It seems a lot of trouble for something that is very nearly luggage itself.

The three foot stuffed reptile was discovered by customs officials in Warsaw who were conducting a routine bag search.

Under European Union (EU) law it is illegal to transport the remains of protected species without official paperwork.

But the 19 year old who was travelling from Vietnam to the Ukraine with the dead animal insists he didn't break any law because he was in transit from and to countries outside EU jurisdiction.

One customs officer said: "Prosecutors are deciding if any laws were breached and if they weren't he can have his crocodile back. It seems a lot of trouble for something that is very nearly luggage itself."