India the tiger transferred to animal sanctuary in North Texas, officials say

"India" the Tiger Taken to New Home in North Texas
"India" the Tiger Taken to New Home in North Texas

HOUSTON – Black Beauty Ranch and BARC held a media briefing Sunday on the transfer of India the tiger to an animal sanctuary in North Texas.

Houston police announced Saturday night that the missing tiger seen in a Houston neighborhood was found.

Officials said the tiger appeared to be unharmed.

The exotic animal was transferred to a BARC animal shelter, according to HPD. On Sunday morning, the tiger was transported to an animal sanctuary, The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. Black Beauty Ranch is run by the Humane Society of the United States and is one of the oldest animal sanctuaries in the United States. India’s habitat will be half an acre big.

Noelle Almrud, senior director of Black Beauty, was on-site to pick up the approximately nine-month-old tiger.

“Houston authorities did a remarkable job over the past several days to locate India and to ensure the safety of the public and the animal,” Almrud said. “Black Beauty Ranch will provide a safe sanctuary for him and give him a proper diet, enrichment, an expansive naturally wooded habitat where he can safely roam and will provide everything else he needs to be the healthy wild tiger he deserves to be.”

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said, “We’re relieved India is safe. We cannot have dangerous wild animals roaming neighborhoods or living in people’s homes. Forcing these animals to live under such conditions, confined and treated as a ‘pet’ is an inhumane and serious public safety risk—no matter how ‘cute’ or ‘tame’ the animal may seem. Big cats like India express natural, unpredictable behaviors that can occur at any moment. Situations like this are why we are working to pass federal legislation. The Big Cat Public Safety Act would prohibit keeping big cats as pets.”

This is not the first time in Texas that Black Beauty has taken in a tiger who was a victim of the exotic pet trade. The sanctuary worked with BARC in February 2019 to take in a tiger named Loki and just three months ago, the sanctuary worked with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office to provide a home for a tiger named Elsa.

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