Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house in Houston
Police in the United States say a group of people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana discovered a tiger inside.
- The tiger was found in a house which had been abandoned for some time, but there were packages of meat near it
- The cage was secured only by a nylon strap and screwdriver and it could have escaped
- It is legal to own a tiger in Texas with a permit, but Houston is an exemption
Houston police and staff from an animal rescue facility arrived at the scene following a concerned phone call to find a 150-kilogram tiger inside, according to local media KTRK.
The Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit of the Houston Police Department also told KTRK that they first questioned whether the people who reported the animal were under the influence of drugs.
They said the house had been abandoned for quite some time but there were several packages of meat fount near it.
Authorities nicknamed the tiger “Tyson” after the movie The Hangover.
Officials told Houston television station KHOU-TV the tiger was in a cage and well-fed, but the cage was secured only by a nylon strap and screwdriver.
They added that the cage could easily open and the tiger could have gone on a “rampage”.
The tiger was taken to an animal shelter in Houston before it was transferred to an animal sanctuary which will hopefully be its “forever home”, according to a tweet by a local journalist.
The owner of the tiger is still a mystery, and they could face a hefty fine if they’re found.
It’s legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit, but it is illegal to have a tiger in Houston.