CBP finds live baby parrots being smuggled over border in pillowcase
HIDALGO, Texas (Gray News) – Customs and Border Protection officers said they intercepted a man who was attempting to smuggle 10 baby parrots in a pillowcase.
The CBP officers along with agricultural specialists at the Hildalgo International Bridge said the baby parrots were alive on April 29.
According to officials, a vehicle crossing over the border was inspected when CBP officers referred it for a second inspection.
During the second inspection, officers said they found five parrot chicks in a pillowcase and five more in the front seat area.
Officers ended up finding 10 live yellow-headed baby parrots.
Officials said a penalty was assessed to the driver of the vehicle.
The parrots were taken in by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services.
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