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

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

An anonymous tip from a "concerned citizen" led to the discovery of a tiger in a vacant home in Houston, Texas, on Monday.

A BARC Animal Shelter crew responded to the home with the Houston police's Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit and tranquilized the tiger, nicknamed "Tyson" by rescuers after the famous scene in The Hangover featuring boxer Mike Tyson's tiger.

Officials said two people who went into the abandoned home to smoke marijuana called 311 when they found the large cat. "It was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver for the top of the cage", said Alderete.

"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".

She was friendly, police said, but she was tranquilised for safety reasons as they moved her from the home over to BARC's headquarters.

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"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Cottingham.

Cottingham said a wildlife refuge can take the female tiger, but not until Tuesday, so it will be spending the night at the BARC shelter "safely secured from our other animals". It is illegal to keep a tiger within city limits, she added.

Some tigers are smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.

And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said.

The case is still under investigation and it's unclear if the owner will face any charges. They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

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