Not a Dobberman or a Rottweiler – Onlookers freaked out when someone casually let loose a 350 lb pet Bengal tiger in a Houston neighborhood

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It’s no secret that Texas has some of the most lenient exotic pet ownership laws in the United States, but little did anyone know that it would lead to spotting a pet tiger roaming around a West Houston neighborhood. Also, this is no casual incident as it is illegal to own a tiger in the city of Houston. The incident that involved the tiger began when terrified residents filmed the big cat roaming freely in Ivy Wall Drive.

The owner aghast at not being able to keep his best-kept secret dragged the exotic animal inside, bundled it into his Jeep, and fled as police arrived on the scene. It’s evident the tiger was a pet owing to the collar in the 54-second clip posted to social media. In the video, an off-duty Waller County Sheriff’s deputy who lives in the neighborhood is seen pointing his gun at the tiger as it stalks towards him.

The video also records the reaction of onlookers as a woman is heard saying, “There is a freaking Bengal tiger roaming in this yard and this dude needs to be careful.” Another witness Maria Torres can be heard shouting: ‘It has a collar. It is somebody’s pet.’ The person capturing the footage, which has been viewed nearly 750,000 times, makes a run for it when the tiger gets too close.

As far as the owner of the wild animal is concerned, he fled the scene as officers arrived. Police pursued the vehicle but soon lost sight of it.

[Via: ABC 13]

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