PUFF, PUFF, PURR?: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

by Garry Watts February 13, 2019, 0:58
PUFF, PUFF, PURR?: Pot smokers find caged tiger in abandoned house

The tiger was found in Houston in the Harrisburgh/Manchester area of the city.

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", said Krahn, who is now caring for six exotic animals at a cost of more than $1million.

Police found the 350-pound female tiger on Monday in deplorable conditions and inside in a too-small cage on East Avenue J, ABC 13 reported.

Police in Houston, Texas, said that when the person called to report what they had seen on Monday, they thought the caller was hallucinating.

The pair went inside an abandoned home in Houston to get high and were greeted by a caged tiger that police say could easily have escaped, reported KHOU-TV.

Officials tell KHOU-TV the tiger was well fed, but the cage was secured by a nylon strap and screwdriver. "She was thirsty and wasn't especially threatening [but] they did tranquilize her just before they transported her".

The Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger.

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The animal was be taken to an animal shelter temporarily before being moved to a permanent home.

"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens", said Cottingham.

'The Houston Zoo is home to two Malayan tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have capacity to receive additional tigers'.

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

Some tigers are smuggled into the United States from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.

"Fewer than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild today, according to the Tiger Conservation Campaign", officials added.

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