Customs and Border Protection apprehends baby squirrel at Texas airport

Customs and Border Protection determined that the baby squirrel stowed away on a flight from Costa Rica to Houston.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended a baby squirrel on Wednesday after discovering the tiny critter had stowed away on a flight from Costa Rica to Houston.

Airline employees spotted the squirrel after passengers departed the plane at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

During the course of performing our mission, we may encounter unusual opportunities to aid in the capture of seemingly harmless animals that have hitchhiked into the country, said Port Director Charles Perez, according to the news release. While there is a cute factor here, realistically, we understand that animals must be handled carefully.

An agency agriculture specialist boarded the plane and "caged the squirrel without incident" with assistance from an officer, according to the news release.

It remained unclear whether or not the squirrel had legal permission to enter the United States. Customs and Border Protection didn TMt name the squirrel, which is apparently a minor and hasn TMt been charged with any crime.

Customs and Border Protection turned the squirrel over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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