HOUSTON – According to police, a tiger was found Monday in a deserted house in southeastern Houston.
The police said the imprisoned female tiger had been found in a house in the 9400 block of East Avenue J.
An anonymous Tipster reports that the animal was seen about a week ago, according to BARC.
The Tipster said they were in the house to smoke marijuana and thought they were hallucinating when they saw the tiger for the first time.
The tiger was found in a "Rinky Dink" cage in the garage, which was not locked, police said. The garage was secured by police with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.
BARC officers found the tiger on Monday. They called the Houston police, who were able to secure a warrant and remove the tiger.
The tiger was reassured to take him out of the house, officials said.
Officials said the tiger is being taken to the BARC shelter in 3300 Carr St. BARC BARC will be the tiger's temporary home. Officials said the tiger will be moved to another facility on Tuesday where it will stay permanently.
The Houston Zoo said he could not take the tiger.
Here is a statement from the zoo:
"The Houston Zoo knows the tiger found in southeastern Houston today on February 11. However, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case and does not receive the tiger, as has been reported incorrectly.
"The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and can not accommodate any more tigers.
"According to the Tiger Conservation Campaign, less than 3,500 tigers of all Tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, and the Malayan Tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered in the wild with an estimated population of 300."
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