Feb. 12 (UPI) — Police said a group of people broke into an abandoned Houston home to smoke marijuana and quickly discovered they weren’t alone — there was a tiger in the house.
The Houston Police Department said the people called the 311 non-emergency line Monday when they broke into the southeast Houston home, which was believed to be unoccupied, and discovered a tiger in a cage.
A BARC Animal Shelter crew responded to the home with the Houston police’s Major Offender Animal Cruelty Unit and tranquilized the tiger, nicknamed “Tyson” by rescuers after the famous scene in The Hangover featuring boxer Mike Tyson‘s tiger.
Police said the tiger, which appeared well fed and in good health, is being taken to an undisclosed animal sanctuary.
Investigators said it is legal to own a tiger in Texas with the proper wildlife permits, but it is not legal to keep such an animal in the city of Houston.