When we say tiger found in Texas, we don't mean Ted Cruz is home for a bit of R&R
A tiger was found today wandering quietly along the street in Conroe, Texas.
The young female animal was picked up by police after they received a number of calls just before noon. She was roaming the streets in a residential neighborhood wearing a collar with a leash attached.
The tigress seemed pretty friendly, one of the residents Jonathan Gessner told the Houston Chronicle that he came across her crouching in the bushes and she started running towards him. He said;
"Out of nowhere it took off running towards me, put her paws on my shoulders and started licking me in the face. I was really scared at first."
Animal control officers managed to capture her and posted on their Facebook page trying to locate the owner.
However, a man who called himself Cody called a TV station and claimed to know her. He told KTRK-TV;
"Her name is Nala. She's very nice. She's a 4-5 month old tiger. We dropped her off at a friend's and I don't really know how she got out."
Presumably he doesn't want to identify himself to the cops, as while Texas allows for exotic animals to be kept (provided they have the appropriate registration and insurance), the area of Conroe's municipal code prohibits the "keeping or harboring of a dangerous animal in the city."
Conroe PD's spokeswoman Dorcy McGinnis said that the tiger's owner would face a citation and the animal would not be allowed to remain in Conroe.
Aaahhh poor Nala! How dangerous can a tiger who licks your face be?!