A Ukrainian woman has been arrested after she tried to smuggle two bears on board a plane by claiming they were dogs.

Airport officials stopped the woman when they heard noises coming from a box she wanted to carry on as part of her hand luggage.

She then claimed the two animals inside were pet Alsatian puppies that she wanted to take on holiday to Egypt with her.

The bears were taken by officials at Kiev airport to an animal sanctuary in the capital where they will be looked after until a permanent solution can be found for them.