A Texan farmer made a shocking discovery on his ranch near the southern border with Mexico.

Five abandoned girls from Honduras and Guatemala were reportedly found on Sunday, May 9 (local time) by farmer Jimmy Hobbs while he was “doing the rounds of his property”, according to local congressman Tony Gonzales.

“While we thank God they were found alive, these tragic scenes are happening more and more,” he tweeted.

In a video posted on social media, Mr Hobbs described the moment he found the girls.

“About 8.30 in the morning, just driving along and then all of a sudden I see them, laying there, right beside the bank of the river,” he said.

“Five little baby girls, all by themselves – hungry, crying, one didn’t have any clothes on. One wasn’t even old enough to walk.”

Three of the girls are reportedly from Honduras, aged seven, three, and two, while the other two, aged five and 11-months-old, are from Guatemala.

Mr Hobbs said he called Border Patrol and gave the girls something to eat and drink.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” he told congressman Gonzales.

Unaccompanied children are often sent across the border with the hope they can stay in the US following Biden’s winding back of some of the harsher border policies of the Trump administration.

Unaccompanied children have been exempted from expulsion under President Biden, allowing them to stay in America while pursuing asylum claims.

The number of unaccompanied children encountered on the US-Mexico border has also been reduced from an all-time high in March, according to authorities, with more adults found coming without families.

Image credit: Tony Gonzales / Twitter

This article originally appeared on Over60.