Friday, 22 February, 2019

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

HIGH? A smoker walked into an abandoned house and found a tiger HIGH? A smoker walked into an abandoned house and found a tiger
Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2019, 19:27

Houston animal control officials would like to know who owns a "perfectly delightful" tiger that turned up unexpectedly in a little used house in a residential part of the city. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation", Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, said.

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

Police said a group of people broke into an abandoned Houston home to smoke marijuana and quickly discovered they weren't alone - there was a tiger in the house.

That neighbor said she was concerned about the health and safety of the animal.

The tiger was taken to an animal shelter and will be transferred to an undisclosed animal sanctuary in Texas.

Police say the animal was being kept in a cage that was not large or sturdy enough for its size with several packages of meat nearby, according to KTRK-TV.

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

Some tigers are smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country. "They can be extremely unsafe".

It was not immediately clear how long the tiger had been living at the depalitated residence.

The Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.

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

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