The couple checked whether they needed a CITES permit for Becky but received a categorical assurance from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency that they did not.
But upon arriving in the UK, Becky was seized by Border Force officials who said she did need one.
A CITES permit, which is inexpensive and easy to obtain, cannot be applied for retrospectively so Andrew and David have had to instruct solicitor Philip Day to help get Becky back.
His initial request for Becky to be returned was turned down and they are now appealing this decision.
So, to recap – couple did everything right, except in trusting the State & public sector to be competent?