Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

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.

Sergeant Jason Alderete told KTRK-TV the tipsters went to the house to smoke marijuana when they found the animal. After hearing something inside the house, Cottingham said they called police to get a warrant and later discovered the big cat. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger". We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. Police did not confirm if an owner had been identified. "So it was important that we get it out of that situation", Lara Cottingham, with the city of Houston, told the NBC Houston. "It's a handsome animal and we want it to live a happy healthy life".

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

And that's because tigers don't make for great pets, Krahn said.

Houston Zoo told KPRC-TV it did not have the resources to give the animal a home.

It's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit but it's illegal to have one in Houston and Tyson's owner, if found, could face a hefty fine. It has two Malayan tigers and "does not have capacity to receive additional tigers", a statement read. "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".

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