A stoner who entered an abandoned home to some marijuana thought he may have already been high when he encountered a tiger inside.
The unidentified man called for help, describing himself as a “concerned citizen” after discovering the tiger in the garage in a “rinky dink” cage secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.
A few packages of meat had been kept nearby, but there was otherwise no sign that anyone lived in the house.
“We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or [whether] they actually saw a tiger,” Jason Alderete, from Houston Police Department, told ABC-affiliate KTRK.
Officers tranquillised the female tiger and transported it to Houston’s animal shelter
“We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens,” said Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston’s Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department. “Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger.”
Ms Cottingham said the tiger, which she’s calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.
“This is not the first tiger that has been picked up by BARC,” Cottingham said. “People think that it is fun or that it is cool to have an exotic pet. More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets dangerous, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it.”