WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have seized a strange host of items from the suitcase of a man traveling into Dulles Airport, including elephant tails and a dried hedgehog.

The items were taken Dec. 3 from a passenger from Ghana who said the items — which also included two dried chameleons and sheets with chicken blood on them — were for spiritual purposes.

The passenger had declared he was carrying only dried herbs and clothing.

Customs and Border Protection found that the items posed a potential threat of carrying disease, and the majority of the items were burned.

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