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Feeling sheepish

Receptionists at the Hanting Hotel in Xi’an were immediately suspicious when two travellers surnamed Chen and Xu tried to check in. They were carrying a large cardboard box with them, from which strange childlike noises could be heard. According to Chinese Business View, the hotel gave the pair a room key, but suspected that the new guests must be child traffickers. So a couple of hotel staff went up to listen outside their room, only to hear a strange conversation in which one of the men said to the other “Go check whether it’s dead”. The other man returned, confirming that this was not the case.

Alarmed staff now called in local police, who came armed with guns. However, when they stormed into the room, they saw not a baby but two lambs at the scene. Xu explained that his own kids love small animals and that he’d bought them while he was visiting Ningxia. Not being able to fly with them or take the train with the animals, he’d instead taken the long distance bus home, which was why he was stopping in Xi’an en route to his destination in Chongqing.

“I did not expect the transit in Xi’an to cause such as awkward moment,” he told Chinese Business View.

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