An anonymous tip from a "concerned citizen" led to the discovery of a tiger in a vacant home in Houston, Texas, on Monday. According to ABC News, Houston Police Department's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit arrived at the scene after receiving the tip to find a 1000-pound tiger (approximately 453 kgs).
The female tiger was found in a cage with several packets of meat.
"A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger. They saw a tiger in this building, this vacant house that's obviously been abandoned for some time," said Sergeant Jason Alderete of Houston Police.
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The tiger was tranquilised and transported to the city's BARC animal shelter, Lara Cottingham, chief of staff of Houston's Administration and Regulatory Affairs Department, told USA Today.
"We deal with, for the most part, puppies and kittens," she said. "Very, very rarely do we take in a tiger."
News of the tiger has created quite a buzz on social media, and reactions have even been curated into their own Twitter Moment titled 'Overweight tiger found in abandoned US home'.
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