Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Texas man enters abandoned home to smoke weed, finds tiger instead

Texas man enters abandoned home to smoke weed, finds tiger instead

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.

Houston police are conducting an investigation into who may own the tiger.

News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titled "Overweight tiger found in abandoned USA home".

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

Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but the cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver.

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It was not immediately clear how long the tiger had been living at the depalitated residence. Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty. The "concerned citizen" called 311 to report the big cat, and "we questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger", a sergeant with the Houston Police Department's animal cruelty unit tells KTRK. So it was important that we get it out of that situation, ' Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, said.

In a statement, the Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.

The cage that kept the animal was not large or sturdy enough to hold the tiger, the station reported.

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

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