Overweight tiger was found in a Houston home on Monday.
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The anonymous tipster who told the police about a 1000 pound tiger in a Houston house had broken into the abandoned building to smoke marijuana and at first thought that he was hallucinating when he saw the caged big cat, officials said.
The authorities went to the house Monday and found the overweight female tiger in appalling conditions in a “rinky-dink” cage in the garage, Click 2 Houston reported.
“A fairly small cage, in principle, a garage in a house that doesn’t look like it was in the best shape,” Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston told reporters from the scene. “So it was important that we get out of the situation.”
The police said the garage is protected with a screwdriver and a nylon band.
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The tiger was sedated and taken to BARC Houston, a city with an organization that is committed to humane care of the animals, FOX26 Houston reported. They will then try to find a permanent home for the animal.
“There is a huge network in the United States and here in Houston, and here in Texas. It’s just finding the right combination and then to transport,” Cottingham said.
Houston police are investigating who could be the owner of the animal.
Meanwhile, the Houston Zoo released a statement Monday saying that he was aware of the tiger, but that it was not involved and would not be receiving the animal.
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“The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and not the capacity of extra tigers,” zoo said. “Fewer than 3,500 tigers all the tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger conservation Campaign. Malaysian tigers to survive in the Malay Peninsula are highly endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild.”