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Cannabis smoker finds tiger in abandoned house in Texas


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Police say the tiger, not pictured, was found in a 'rinky-dink' cage

A person who went into an abandoned house so they could smoke cannabis found a neglected tiger inside.

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

But when they arrived there was indeed a large tiger, locked inside a cramped cage in the garage.

A few packages of meat had been kept nearby, but there was no sign that anyone lived in the

Officers told local news networks that they will now investigate how it ended up there.

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".

"We questioned if they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger," Jason Alderete, from the Houston Police Department, customs ABC affiliate KTRK.

Police also described the cage as "rinky-think", according to CBS, and said it had been secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.

Despite being relatively calm for a tiger in its situation, it had to be tranquilized as animal rescue officers could get it out of the house safely.

It is now being transferred to a sanctuary elsewhere in Texas ̵

1; although the exact location has not been published.

Tigers are native to South and Southeast Asia, and to the far east of Russia. They are endangered – the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

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