A couple of potheads were just lookin’ for a place to get high. Instead, they found a tiger.
Tyson the tiger was moved on Tuesday from the garage of an apparently abandoned home in Houston, Texas. He’ll first get a checkup from a vet, and then make his way to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, a 1,400-acre ranch that’s already home to two tigers as well as 800 other animals.
The somewhat overweight feline got his name in honor of the tiger that appeared in The Hangover, and also as a slight nod to the odd way in which he was found.
A group of young people who rightly refused to be named was looking for a secluded place to smoke marijuana on Monday afternoon. In Texas, it’s still illegal to possess weed for either medicinal or recreational purposes, so naturally, this group was trying to be discrete.
UPDATE: Man smoking pot finds tiger in abandoned house, says he thought he was hallucinating, according to police https://t.co/Qm7RW8ScEG #kprc2 #HouNews #SometimesHeadlinesWriteThemselves pic.twitter.com/0e8fBgM78h— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) February 12, 2019
After locating a suitably abandoned home in a quiet suburb, the group broke in and began to imbibe, as The Dude would say. That’s when they heard a growl. At first, they thought they were hallucinating, but it turns out there was a real tiger in a real cage living in that abandoned house.
So they did the only thing they could do: call the cops and leave an anonymous tip for police to follow up on. Which they did after getting a warrant to search the premises.
What they found was Tyson, an overweight tiger living in a far-too-small cage that didn’t even have a lock on it--just a thin strip of nylon held down by a screwdriver.
Happy update: An animal sanctuary in Texas has agreed to take Tyson the tiger! Tyson will be transported tomorrow morning. Location is undisclosed while the investigation continues. 🐅 #khou11 pic.twitter.com/VqhA5T5w1v— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) February 12, 2019
City officials tranquilized Tyson and put out a call to see if there were any animal shelters that would accept a tiger. Houston Zoo declined, saying they were full-up on tigers, but BARC Animal Shelter came to the rescue with a ranch not too far out of town.
Police are still investigating to see who owned the house and its resident caged tiger. It’s strangely less illegal to own a tiger than it is to possess marijuana in Houston, although it still comes with a hefty fine.