Border patrol agents at the Brownsville border station in Texas have rescued a tiger cub which had been left behind when three Mexican immigrants turned around.
Three people tried to enter the U.S. illegally, according to border patrol. They were carrying a duffel bag and left it behind when they returned to Mexico near the Rio Grande.
Agents found a live tiger cub inside the bag.
— Irma Chapa (@chapa_irma) April 30, 2018
The tiger was taken to a zoo in Texas. Border Patrol spokeswoman Irma Chapa tweeted the cub is “expected to make a full recovery.” The critter was sedated when it was found.
Brownsville is located approximately 50 miles downriver of McAllen, Texas. The Brownsville Station was established when the need to stem the flow of illegal Chinese immigrants into the United States became apparent; thus the mounted guard was created in 1918 to oppose their entry.
The Rio Grande River is a natural water boundary between Brownsville, Texas and her sister city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.