Pot head goes to abandoned home to smoke weed - finds overweight TIGER

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"The tiger was very thirsty, so we gave him some water", said Jarrad Mears with Houston animal shelter BARC.

Per KTRK, authorities say someone busted into the Houston abode earlier this month so they could smoke some pot and found something rather unexpected: a large tiger in an unlocked "rinky-dink" cage, per Click2Houston.

That neighbor said she was concerned about the health and safety of the animal.

The female tiger was found in a cage with several packets of meat.

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".

But once they arrived, police found a caged tiger in the home's garage, according to KTRK.

The organization confirmed online it is illegal to own a tiger inside city of Houston limits.

"We made arrangements for the tiger to be transferred to another facility that is licensed to handle exotic pets", said Heidi Krahn, executive director of the Center for Animal Research & Education.

Some tigers are smuggled into the USA from Mexico, and there are small pockets of breeding facilities across the country. "More often than not it gets big, it gets expensive, it gets unsafe, and they end up turning the animal in or abandoning it".

The case is still under investigation and it's unclear if the owner will face any charges. They are endangered - the WWF estimates there are fewer than 4,000 left in the wild.

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