Pot smokers find tiger in abandoned home

Not a hallucination in Texas

Not a hallucination in Texas

The garage, which is in a home southeast of central Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported. Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.

The female tiger was found in a cage with several packets of meat.

Lara Cottingham with BARC told the Houston Chronicle that the caller was reportedly concerned the tiger was being held in a cage that was too small.

It took a little convincing before police believed the person who reported the odd discovery.

Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit responded to the scene, the report said.

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It was not immediately clear how long the tiger had been living at the depalitated residence. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets unsafe, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it". "It's a handsome animal and we want it to live a happy healthy life".

Based on a city ordinance, keeping a tiger at a residential home is illegal.

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

Houston Zoo told KPRC-TV it did not have the resources to give the animal a home.

"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign".

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