Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Tiger found overweight, abandoned in Houston home

Packages of meat were discovered with the animal.

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 USA home".

But the tiger was real and was being kept in a "rinky-dink" cage in a garage in the 9400 block of East Avenue J, police told KPRC-TV. The garage was secured in place with a screwdriver.

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. An investigation remains ongoing.

"She is pretty large so she doesn't look underfed", Cottingham added, in an on-air news segment.

Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.

"They are basically a loaded gun pointed at anyone that encounters them", she said.

While Texas law permits those with wild game permits to own exotic animals like tigers, it is illegal to keep a tiger in a residential area of the city of Houston. If the owner is ever found, they could face a big fine.

Animal Enforcement Officers with Houston's BARC Animal Shelter responded to move the tiger to its headquarters temporarily.

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

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

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