A man who broke into an empty Texas home to smoke marijuana ended up coming face-to-face with a caged tiger. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation", Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, told the NBC Houston.
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.
The tipster said they were at the house to smoke marijuana and thought they were hallucinating when they first saw the tiger, according to police.
Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but the cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver.
News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titled "Overweight tiger found in abandoned U.S. home".
"He's in a rinky-dink cage that could easily bust open", said a police spokesman.
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The tiger was tranquilized and taken to BARC Houston, a city organization dedicated to humane animal care, NBC Houston and Fox 26 Houstonreported.
Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty. Officials said the tiger will be taken to another facility, where it will stay permanently, Tuesday. It's just finding the right combination and then transporting, ' Cottingham said to Click2Houston.
Several packages of meat were found with the animal, KTRK reported.
Houston Zoo told KPRC-TV it did not have the resources to give the animal a home.
But after obtaining a warrant, they found a 25-stone female tiger in deplorable conditions in the house in Houston, Texas.
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