First, they tranquilized it and brought in a wreck to help get the large vehicle out.
The unidentified man called for help, describing himself as a "concerned citizen" after discovering the tiger in the garage in a "rinky dink" cage secured with a screwdriver and a nylon strap. Officials say it could easily open and the tiger could have gone on a "rampage". According to Houston Police Department, the person who made the tip initially believed themselves to be hallucinating, which I guess only makes sense.
The woman called 311, the city's non-emergency hotline.
First responders reportedly nicknamed the tiger "Tyson" after the movie "The Hangover".
Authorities could sentence the owner of the tiger with an expensive fine if they identify them.
"The Houston Zoo is aware of the tiger found in southeast Houston today, February 11; however, the Houston Zoo is not involved in this case, and is not receiving the tiger, as incorrectly reported", the zoo officials said.
"There were going to this vacant house to smoke marijuana, and they were greeted by a large tiger", said Sgt. Jason Alderete with the animal cruelty unit.
As the caller promised, inside the home's garage was a 350-lb., female tiger in a small, uncomfortable cage. The Houston Zoo, which also responded to the incident, told KPRC-TV that they weren't able to take the tiger due to capacity issues.
In a statement, the Houston Zoo confirmed the big cat would not be placed there.
That awkward moment where you see a tiger and you don't know if its real or if this is some really good weed. It's risky for them to have (a tiger down the street).
According to the World Wildlife fund, the number of "backyard tigers" in the United States is greater than the total remaining wild tiger population (estimated at 3,500).