The tiger and the cage it was in were moved to the city's animal control campus for the night after it was discovered in a house in southeast Houston on Monday, Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care spokeswoman Lara Cottingham said. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana.
A picture of the tiger was shared by Houston's BARC animal shelter.
"We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or (if) they actually saw a tiger", Alderete said. Officials said the tiger will be taken to another facility, where it will stay permanently, Tuesday. The location isn't being made public while an investigation into who owns the tiger continues. "It's a handsome animal and we want it to live a happy healthy life".
Krahn says it is never a good idea to keep one as a pet.
Officials said the tiger will be taken to the BARC animal shelter at 3300 Carr St. BARC will be the tiger's temporary home.
While it's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit, it's not permitted in Houston.
"This is not the first tiger that has been picked up by BARC", Cottingham said. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets risky, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it". "Malayan tigers surviving on the Malay Peninsula are critically endangered with an estimated population of 300 remaining in the wild".
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