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Pothead sneaks into abandoned house, finds full grown tiger

An overweight tiger was found abandoned in a Houston home on Monday

The couple discovered a tiger that had been left in a shoddily secured cage inside of a disused house in Southeast Houston and reported it to the police. Inside the residence, investigators also found a cage in the home's garage that was secured with a nylon strap and a screwdriver and several packages of meat.

"This is not the first tiger that has been picked up by BARC", Cottingham said.

It's legal to own a tiger in Texas if the owner has a wild game permit.

"A concerned citizen called 311".

"Finding a forever home for a tiger is not easy", Laura Cottingham, the city's spokesperson for BARC, told KTRK.

Cops quizzed the drug user, asking if they were high and if they were sure they'd actually seen a tiger.

UPDATE: Police said a man was smoking pot when he found a caged female tiger in an abandoned house. Officials said the location will not be public at this time, since they're still investigating the incident. "What often happens is it starts as a cute, cuddly little kitten and grows into a really large, expensive and potentially unsafe creature", Cottingham said.

Once officers arrived and saw the animal, the challenge was to get the tiger out.

Lara Cottingham, Houston city's chief sustainability officer, told KPRC-TV the tiger was found "in a pretty small cage inside.a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape".

When animal control reached the house, they found the tiger and immediately informed HPD.

Animal trainer Lee Munro bottle feeds Odin, a 5-year-old White Bengal Tiger during a big cat show at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., on June 1, 2007.