A Texas man who entered an abandoned home to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, authorities said.
The man, who was not identified, initially believed he was hallucinating when he found the female tiger in a “rinky-dink” cage, police said, according to the NBC affiliate KPRC.
The garage, in a home southeast of central Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear who the tiger belonged to.
Images from Houston’s animal control agency showed three officers preparing to move the animal to a secure location.
On Tuesday the tiger was moved from a local animal shelter to an undisclosed animal sanctuary in Texas where the animal will live permanently.
An investigation is underway to determine who kept the tiger in the house. Officials say it is illegal to have exotic animals as pets inside city limits.