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Tiger cub seized from Chevy Camaro at U.S.-Mexico border

The border patrol seized a tiger cub from a Chevy Camaro at the U.S.-Mexico border early Wednesday morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says. (CBP photo)

SAN DIEGO (KVAL) — The border patrol seized a tiger cub from a Chevy Camaro at the U.S.-Mexico border early Wednesday morning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says.

“CBP officers are often faced with unusual situations,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “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.”

The situation started when an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen and his 21-year-old male passenger arrived at the port of entry driving a 2017 Chevy Camaro around 1:30 a.m.

Customs officers searched the Camaro and found the tiber cub on the floor of the front passenger side.

Officers put the tiger in a crate and called in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which is working with the San Diego Zoo Global to ensure care for the tiger.

The driver of the car was placed under arrest and taken to Metropolitan Correctional Center pending arraignment.

"The United States is a party in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, commonly known as CITES. This treaty regulates trade in endangered species of wildlife, plants and their products," the border patrol said in a statement. "International trade in species listed by CITES is illegal unless authorized by permit."

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