Texas man enters abandoned home to smoke weed, finds tiger instead

 nbcnews.com  2/12/2019 2:38:00 AM 

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A Texas man who entered an abandoned home to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, authorities said.

The man, who was not identified, initially believed he was hallucinating when he found the female tiger in a “rinky-dink” cage, police said, according to the NBC affiliate KPRC.

The garage, in a home southeast of central Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported.

BARC's Animal Enforcement Officers stand next to a secured tiger as they prepare to transport the tiger to a secure location.BARC

It wasn’t immediately clear who the tiger belonged to.

Images from Houston’s animal control agency showed three officers preparing to move the animal to a secure location.

An agency spokeswoman, Lara Cottingham, told the Houston Chronicle that a wildlife refuge would take the tiger on Tuesday.

Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, based in California.

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