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Exotic animal encounters in the Rio Grande Valley

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – On Monday, April 30, 2018, U.S. Border Patrol Agents experienced two unusual encounters in separate incidents.

Tiger cub abandoned by smuggler
Tiger cub abandoned by smuggler

Brownsville agents working near the Rio Grande observed an alligator on a boat ramp as they were conducting line watch operations. Riverine agents regularly utilize the boat ramp.

Later in the day, agents observed three subjects attempting to enter the United States illegally. Responding agents noticed the aliens were carrying a black duffel bag. Inside, agents discovered a male tiger which was left abandoned as the aliens returned to Mexico.

The three to four month old cub was turned over to the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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Last Modified: February 3, 2021