Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Tiger surprise: weed smokers find big cat in abandoned Houston home

Tiger surprise: weed smokers find big cat in abandoned Houston home

It's illegal to own a tiger in Texas, but a wild-game permit is required.

Officials say it could have easily opened and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage".

Several packages of meat were found with the animal, ABC13 said.

"The tiger was very thirsty, so we gave him some water", said Jarrad Mears with Houston animal shelter BARC.

The couple discovered a tiger that had been left in a shoddily secured cage inside of a disused house in Southeast Houston and reported it to the police.

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Police also described the cage as "rinky-dink", according to CBS, and said it had been secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.

The tiger, at least, is in good health and good spirits since its rescue, according to Lara Cottingham, chief of staff for Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation".

The shelter, which takes in more than 26,000 animals each year, is still trying to find a long-term facility to take the tiger.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

"The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported. Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".

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