A Houston man tipped off police after he discovered a tiger inside of an abandoned home last week.
Click2Houston reports the anonymous witness called 911 after he saw the female tiger inside of the home when he went to smoke marijuana with a friend. The pair thought they were imagining the tiger at first but realized the animal was contained inside of a “rinky-dink” cage that was unlocked. BARC officials arrived at the home on Monday and said the garage was locked with a screwdriver and a nylon strap. Houston police said they were able to secure a warrant and remove the tiger from the home.
Officials tranquilized the tiger in order to remove her from the cage. She was taken to the BARC animal shelter and will stay there temporarily until she is transported to another facility.
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The Houston Zoo said in a statement that they are unable to take the tiger due to the lack of space in their tiger enclosure.
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“The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, Feb. 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported.
“The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers.
“Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign. Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild.”