An adventurous stoner was just looking for a quick place to light up when he made the mistake of walking into an abandoned house in Houston, Texas, and came face to face with a 350-pound caged tiger.
So what did this thrill-seeking pothead do when he found himself within feet of an apex predator? If you guessed "call the cops," you would be right.
According to ABC 13 News, one day in early February, the Houston Police Department received a phone call that no police officer expects to receive.
"A concerned citizen called 311. They were trying to get into this house to smoke marijuana," said Sgt. Jason Alderete, of HPD's Major Offenders, Livestock Animal Cruelty Unit. "We questioned them as to whether they were under the effects of the drugs or they actually saw a tiger."
Alderete went on to explain that the caller said they saw a tiger in the vacant house, which he said looked like it had been abandoned for some time.
But when HPD secured a warrant to search the house, they discovered that someone had been taking care of the tiger for some time as there was a box of meat sitting next to the cage where the obese tiger was living.
Below is a glimpse of what police found when they entered the home:
But this crazy story actually turned into a happy one as police and members of BARC Animal Shelter in Houston were able to sedate and relocate the tiger to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, where the 2-year-old tiger now roams freely in a large, enclosed area.
"It was just amazing to see him walk out on grass and to see him explore and have that freedom of movement," Noelle Almrud, the facility's director told ABC News. "It was just such a reward and fulfilling to us."
As for the owner of the vacant residence that once housed the tiger... well, they can potentially face criminal charges due to the City of Houston's ban on private ownership of exotic animals. The only problem is that Houston Police have yet to identify any suspects.
And not much is known about the stoner who was just looking for a place to light up, but it's a safe bet that they'll probably be a little more wary in the future and avoid any abandoned houses.
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