Texas man enters abandoned home to smoke weed, finds tiger instead
Caged tiger found in abandoned Texas home
A Texas man who entered an abandoned home to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, authorities said.
The man, who was not identified, initially believed he was hallucinating when he found the female tiger in a “rinky-dink” cage, police said, according to the NBC affiliate KPRC.
The garage, in a home southeast of central Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear who the tiger belonged to.
Images from Houston’s animal control agency showed three officers preparing to move the animal to a secure location.
An agency spokeswoman, Lara Cottingham, told the Houston Chronicle that a wildlife refuge would take the tiger on Tuesday.
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News based in California.A Texas man who entered an abandoned home to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, authorities said. He initially believed he was hallucinating.
A man went to smoke weed in an abandoned Houston house, and he thought he was hallucinating when he came across a gigantic tiger
A man went into an abandoned house in Houston to smoke weed, and he thought he was hallucinating when he came across a gigantic female tiger.
Sgt. Jason Alderete from Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders/Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit said that a “concerned citizen” called police when he was “trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana” and spotted a tiger inside — though he thought he might be hallucinating.
According to ABC 13 in Houston, he added: “We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that’s obviously been abandoned for some time.”
Local news site Click2Houston reported that officers from BARC Animal Selter found the tiger in the garage of the house on Monday.
Reporter Lauren Talarico from location TV station KHOU tweeted a video of the tiger in its cage.
Police obtained a warrant to tranquilize and remove the tiger, though officials called her “friendly.”
According to ABC, the tiger was being kept in a cage that “was not large or sturdy enough for a creature of that size,” alongside some packages of meat. Click2Houston added that the cage was not locked and the garage was secured by a screwdriver and a nylon strap.
ABC 13 photojournalist Charles Fisher shared a photo of the caged tiger on Twitter.
Reporter Marla Carter then tweeted footage of the tiger being removed from the home after it was tranquilized.
The tiger was taken to the BARC animal shelter with plans to move it to another permanent facility on Tuesday, though the Houston Zoo said it would not take the tiger, adding: “The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers.”
On Tuesday, Talarico tweeted that an animal sanctuary in Texas had agreed to take the tiger, who would be transported on Wednesday morning.
An investigation into how the tiger got there and who owns it is ongoing.A "concerned citizen" called police when he was "trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana" and spotted a tiger inside. ]]>