The anonymous tipster who told the cops about a 1000 pound tiger inside a Houston The house had broken into the abandoned building to smoke marijuana and had initially thought that he was hallucinating when he had seen the big caged cat, have said officials.

The authorities went to the retirement home on Monday and found the overweight tiger in deplorable conditions inside an "ice rink" shaped cage in the garage. Click 2 Houston reported.

"A pretty little cage in a garage in a house that does not feel like it's in top form," Lara Cottingham, of Houston, told reporters. "It was therefore important that we leave the situation."

Police said the garage was secure with a screwdriver and a nylon strap.

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The tiger was tranquilized and taken to BARC Houston, a city organization dedicated to humane animal care, FOX26 Houston reported. They will then try to find a permanent home for the animal.

"There is an incredible network across the United States, here in Houston and here in Texas. It's just to find the right combination and then transport it, "Cottingham said.

Houston police investigate the identity of the owner of the animal.

At the same time, the Houston Zoo released Monday a statement in which he stated that he was aware of the tiger but that he was not involved and that he would not receive l & # 39; animal.

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"The Houston Zoo houses two Malay tigers, Berani and Satu, and does not have the ability to receive additional tigers," said the zoo. "According to the Tiger Conservation Campaign, less than 3,500 tigers of all tiger subspecies remain in the wild. The Malay Tigers who survive in the Malay Peninsula are in critical danger of extinction, with an estimated population of 300 people in the wild. "