Border Patrolosaurus: Going Home

Photograph by U.S Attorney Office for the Southern District of New York via AP Images

The fossil of the Tyrannosaurus bataar.

Who says the U.S. border is porous?

The patrol stopped a Tyrannosaurus.

And now they’re sending it home.

In a repatriation ceremony on Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will hand off a “70 million-year-old nearly complete Tyrannosaurus Bataar skeleton” to the government of Mongolia.

The skeleton was looted from the Gobi Desert and illegally smuggled into the United States, ICE says. It was seized by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents in New York.

The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, will be on hand for the ceremony, as will ICE Director John Morton. Along with the Mongolian minister of culture, Oyungerel Tsedevdambda.

Make no bones about it, this is a friendship no longer on ice.

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