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Eels writhe on Vancouver airport tarmac after escaping box

Eels writhe on Vancouver airport tarmac after escaping box

It wasn’t quite the 2006 movie Snakes in an airplane at Vancouver International Airport (YVR), but there were real eels — dozens of them — wriggling on the tarmac during a recent incident captured on video.

Air Canada Cargo said in a statement that on July 7 it was handling a shipment of eels from Toronto to Vancouver when a container accidentally tipped over during unloading.

Video footage on social media shows the broken box lying on top of a stationary conveyor belt, with eels two feet long crawling out and falling to the ground, while about two dozen writhe on the asphalt below.

The video also shows at least one person screaming in the background as the eels fall to the ground.

Air Canada Cargo said the eels had been collected and repackaged and is in contact with the customer about the incident.

According to a statement from YVR Media Relations, airport operations have not been affected by the spill.