Ivory poachers go to sometimes-absurd lengths to smuggle prized pieces of elephant tusks across borders.
When officials in Chinese-ruled Macau inspected the luggage of two South Africans last month, they found 15 suspiciously heavy boxes of chocolate.
Further investigation and a little warm water revealed what was actually inside the candy bar wrappers. As the chocolate melted away, officials discovered 583 bars of ivory, all together weighing 75 lbs. (34 kilograms) with a market value of more than $76,000 U.S. dollars, according to the Macau Daily Times.
Image: Elephant ivory seals coated in chocolate and concealed in sweet wrappers, recovered in Taiwan in 2012 (c) Huang MJIB, TW