Live Tiger Cub Stuffed Inside Duffel Bag Discovered By U.S. Border Patrol Agents

Border patrol agents in Texas have discovered a tiger cub stuffed in a duffel bag that was abandoned by three people authorities say were attempting to get into the U.S. illegally.

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), three men were spotted on Monday attempting to cross the border into the U.S. from Mexico, near Brownsville, while carrying a black duffel bag.

As border agents approached the men they aborted their effort to cross and while fleeing abandoned the bag, CBS Austin reported.

On investigating the contents of the bag, the border patrol agents discovered an unconscious tiger cub stuffed inside it, with authorities estimating the animal to be about four months old.

The male tiger cub was turned over to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, KHOU11 reported, with the Communications Director for the RGV Sector of the United States Border Patrol, Irma Chapa, explaining in a social media post that the cub was being looked after and was expected to make a full recovery.

This is not the first time that U.S. border patrol agents have discovered a tiger cub. They previously intercepted an American man who was attempting to smuggle one of the animals into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa border crossing close to San Diego, California, in August 2017.

On searching the man's vehicle, border patrol discovered a tiger cub lying on the floor of the passenger side of the car, and removed the animal from the vehicle.

"CBP officers are often faced with unusual situations," Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego, said at the time of the discovery. "The CBP officers at the Otay Mesa port of entry met the challenge head on and assisted in preserving the life of this endangered species."