Tiger found, taken from southeast Houston home

Feb 13, 2019, 00:53
Tiger found, taken from southeast Houston home

Let's say you're a Houston municipal employee taking non-emergency calls when an anonymous tipster claims to have entered an abandoned house a week or so before with a buddy to smoke marijuana - and the pair thought they were hallucinating when they saw a real, live tiger in there.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", she said.

The female tiger, which police nicknamed "Tyson" after the animal in the movie "The Hangover", was tranquilized and taken to an animal sanctuary.

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions published an image of the tiger to Facebook on Monday.

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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 United States home".

"We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or [whether] they actually saw a tiger", Jason Alderete, from Houston Police Department, told ABC-affiliate KTRK.

While it's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit, it's not permitted in Houston.

While the unexpected human-tiger encounter ended happily, authorities said it could have been much bloodier given the crude nature of the tiger's enclosure.

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The garage, which is in a home southeast of central Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported.

Neighbor Pablo Briagas told KHOU seeing Tyson was an unsettling experience.

'It was a pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape. "A lot of kids around the street too".

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