Pot-Smoking Tipster Finds Caged Tiger in Abandoned Texas Home

Pot-Smoking Tipster Finds Caged Tiger in Abandoned Texas Home

Pot-Smoking Tipster Finds Caged Tiger in Abandoned Texas Home

A female tiger was found inside a vacant Houston home.

An anonymous tipster discovered the 1,000-pound tiger illegally held in a residential home, according to Houston's KTRK-TV.

The concerned smoker called cops when they stumbled across a overweight tiger in a cage in an unlocked garage. First, they tranquilized it and brought in a wreck to help get the large auto out. "We'll get it back to BARC and figure out what tigers eat", BARC Division Manager Jarrad Mears said. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation".

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets", executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education Heidi Krahn told KTRK. The police secured a warrant to get the tiger removed.

"Hopefully the moral of the story is the tiger is going to a great place that can take care of it", Cottingham said. It's just finding the right combination and then transporting, ' Cottingham said to Click2Houston.

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Police weren't sure what to make of it when they had a call from someone who admitted to smoking cannabis, but said they saw a tiger.

The shelter has been in communication with the county, working to find a new home for the tiger. "BARC is not a forever home for big cats", she said.

The tiger was tranquilized and transported to a city animal shelter, where it was temporarily placed in a horse pen separate from other animals, Cottingham said.

Following initial reports of the tiger, the Houston Zoo issued a statement, noting that it was not involved in the case and would not be taking in the tiger, as had been previously reported in the media.

It's not clear what subspecies of tiger the animal was, though the IUCN Red List classifies all tigers as endangered, with less than 4,000 and possibly as little as around 2,150 estimated to remain in the wild.

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