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Border officials: Agents discover tiger inside abandoned duffel bag at US-Mexico border

Tiger found in duffel bag at US-Mexico border
Tiger found in duffel bag at US-Mexico border
Posted at 1:19 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 19:44:13-04

(KGTV) - Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas made a unique discovery after coming across an abandoned duffel bag.

On Monday, Customs and Border Protection officials said agents working in the Brownsville, Texas, area spotted three people who were trying to enter the U.S. illegally.

Agents tried to confront the trio, but they fled back to Mexico. However, the group left a black duffel bag at the scene.

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When agents looked inside, they saw an unconscious male tiger cub.

The cub, said to be 2 to 4 months old, was turned over to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. The zoo's staff is now caring for the cub.

"Despite him being brought to us in a critical condition, our veterinary team acted quickly to stabilize him and he is now doing very well," a Facebook post by the zoo read. "The way he responds to humans leads us to believe that he has been hand-raised up until this point. The next step will be to find him a more permanent home."