A person who went into an abandoned house so they could smoke cannabis found a neglected tiger inside.
The pot-smoking individual, who initially thought they were hallucinating, notified police after they discovered that the male tiger was a real animal, KPRC-TV reported on Monday.
The building, in the 9400 block of East Avenue J., was being used to house a large female tiger in a "rinky-dink" cage in the garage, KPRC-TV reported, citing police.
They said the "concerned citizen" who first saw the tiger didn't live in the house, and was just trying to get in so they could "smoke marijuana".
They said the house had been abandoned for quite some time but there were several packages of meat fount near it.
The owner of the tiger is still a mystery, and they could face a hefty fine if they're found. Now it has found a new home of its own.
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The unidentified toker called 311 after making the trippy find. "It wasn't the effects of the drugs".
It's not clear what subspecies of tiger the animal was, though the IUCN Red List classifies all tigers as endangered, with less than 4,000 and possibly as little as around 2,150 estimated to remain in the wild.
"I tried to explain to people it's a lot like having a child". "BARC is not a forever home for big cats", she said.
Other than dehydration, the tiger appeared to be in good health. "They are basically a loaded gun pointed at anyone that encounters them". It's unsafe for them to have (a tiger down the street).
The WWF estimates the number of tigers in the United States is 5,000.
Some tigers are smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country.