Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

While Texas law permits those with wild game permits to own exotic animals like tigers, it is illegal to keep a tiger in a residential area of the city of Houston.

'The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported, ' it said.

The couple who found the tiger called authorities to report what they had seen, and police said they were initially unsure if the animal was real or if they might be hallucinating.

According to police, they received an anonymous call about a tiger being found at an abandoned house after the callers said they were going to smoke marijuana there.

"A pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape", Lara Cottingham with the city of Houston told KPRC.

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She was friendly, police said, but she was tranquilised for safety reasons as they moved her from the home over to BARC's headquarters. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation".

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".

BARC officers found the tiger on Monday.

A stoner couple entered an abandoned house in Houston to get high, but almost became prey when they stumbled across a live tiger. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger".

Houston Zoo said in a statement that it would not be able to take the tiger. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".

  • Sonia Alvarado