“I wasn’t 100 percent sure that we would find a tiger since we receive multiple reports on a yearly basis of strange things that turn out to not be what the reportee stated,” Jarrad Mears, division manager for City of Houston Animal Enforcement with BARC, told The Dodo. “The tipster seemed to have firsthand working knowledge of the situation and spoke confidently about what they saw.”
A man entered a vacant house in Houston, Texas, thinking it was the perfect place to smoke some marijuana, when he made a discovery so shocking he thought he was hallucinating.
When he entered the garage, a young male tiger stared back at him through the bars of a flimsy cage.
Luckily, the man didn’t shrug off the helpless animal and made a phone call. However, when police learned why the caller had been trying to get into the house, they were a bit skeptical.
"A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana. We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger,” Jason Alderete, a sergeant with Houston Police Department’s livestock animal cruelty unit, told ABC13.
Still unclear whether the caller was high, and guessing this was likely just a prank call, animal enforcement officers with BARC decided to follow up just in case.