Border Patrol agents discover exotic bird during smuggling attempt


BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Early Saturday morning, Border Patrol agents working at Fort Brown responded to a possible crossing of undocumented immigrants along the U.S. riverbank near Brownsville.

The agency reported evidence of several of people who entered the country illegally.

Agents tracked the group and apprehended seven people from the countries of Mexico and Guatemala.

Agents then noticed a plastic bag carried by one of the subjects with a live bird inside. After inspecting the bag, agents identified the bird as a toucan.

CBP Agriculture Specialists took custody of the bird and turned it over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after it was evaluated by a veterinarian, said CBP.

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