Tiger found by pot smoker in abandoned Houston home taken to Texas ranch

HOUSTON – A male tiger found Monday at an abandoned southeast Houston home was transported to its new home Tuesday.

Employees showed up to the BARC shelter at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and loaded the tiger, which was in his original cage, into another trailer and a veterinarian did a visual examination before they left.

The tiger was peaceful and calm waiting in its cage Tuesday morning and appeared to be in good shape.

BARC said word of the tiger's discovery spread and they received calls from across the country offering help to care for the big cat.

“We’re excited that we found an animal rescue center that’s going to come and take (the tiger) this morning and transfer (the tiger) to a location that has the facilities and the veterinarians who specialize in big cats that can take care of him,” said Lara Cottingham, with the City of Houston.

“It is not legal to own any kind of exotic wildlife in the City of Houston, including tigers. Unfortunately, sometimes people think it’s cool to have an exotic wild pet. It is really important that we try to discourage that from happening.

"Wild animals are not pets, they can’t be tamed, and they really need to be in a facility that has the resources and the specialists that can take care of them."

The tiger left for his new home around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday to make the trek to the 1,400-acre Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, according to the Houston Humane Society.

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