CBP says agents responding to an illegal border crossing found a baby tiger in a bag.
Agents tried to confront the trio, but they fled back to Mexico.
The folks left over the duffel tote Monday right after being spotted trying to input USA illegally by Brownsville Border Patrol agents working near the Rio Grande. Agent Robert Rodriguez said Tuesday that the tiger appeared calm and was possibly sedated.
Director of communications for border patrol Rio Grande, said that the police were going to arrest a group of smugglers, but they managed to escape until the guards rescued the cub.
In that instance, CBP arrested an 18-year-old man who arrived at the Otay Mesa port of entry after CBP officers searched the vehicle and discovered the tiger cub lying on the floor, according to a CBP press release.
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Border patrol agents found an abandoned duffel bag with a tiger cub inside it on the US-Mexico border.
Monday was the Día del Niño, or Children's Day, in Mexico, and while the cub has yet to receive an official name, his caregivers at the zoo have started calling him Niño.
Padilla said any kind of smuggler, including exotic animal smugglers, only have an interest in profit. The tiger was seized and is now living at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park with another tiger that has the same age.
She reported in another tweet that the tiger was expected to make a full recovery.