They Went Into Abandoned House To Smoke Weed - And Found A Tiger

Sergio Conner
February 12, 2019

Houston police say some people who went into an abandoned home to smoke marijuana found a caged tiger. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation", Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, said.

Houston police obtained a warrant to enter the home and on Monday, BARC animal enforcement officers retrieved the tiger, the shelter said in a Facebook post.

Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but the cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver.

'It was a pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape.

BARC is now contacting wildlife sanctuaries to find the tiger a home.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", she said.

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Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

Some tigers are smuggled into the USA from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.

"There's an incredible network all across the United States and here in Houston and here in Texas".

Houston Zoo told KPRC-TV it did not have the resources to give the animal a home. But several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.

The organization confirmed online it is illegal to own a tiger inside city of Houston limits. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".

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