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Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned home in Houston

Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned home in Houston

"A concerned citizen called 311".

Per KTRK, authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked "rinky-dink" cage, per Click2Houston.

A couple thought they might be hallucinating after sneaking into a vacant Texas home to smoke weed - and finding a tiger inside.

BARC Animal Shelter and Houston Police Department's Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit tranquilized and rescued the tiger after obtaining a warrant from Houston police, and nicknamed the animal "Tyson" in reference to the movie "The Hangover". "It wasn't the effects of the drugs".

Officers tranquillised the female tiger and transported it to the city's animal shelter, where she's staying overnight in a cage inside a horse trailer under round-the-clock surveillance, according to Cottingham.

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"There was no concern about the tiger getting out of the cage", Cottingham said by telephone on Tuesday.

Krahn says it is never a good idea to keep one as a pet. The location isn't being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues. But it is illegal to have a tiger in Houston. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets unsafe, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it".

"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", officials added.