UPDATE! Off duty cop protects neighborhood from roaming tiger in Houston


UPDATE! The tiger that was seen on the loose in a Texas neighborhood last week has been surrendered to authorities. The Houston Police Department announced on Saturday night (May 15th), “We are happy to report that the missing tiger seen in a Houston neighborhood last week has been found and appears to be unharmed.” The tiger, named India, was immediately placed in the city’s animal shelter and was expected to be transported to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch wildlife sanctuary. Gia Cuevas and her husband, Victor Hugo Cuevas, are the owners of the tiger. Gia turned the animal in to authorities on Saturday and is not facing criminal charges at this time. The tiger’s existence was first made known to authorities by people who saw it and warned their neighbors via the Nextdoor app that the big cat was on the loose. Victor Hugo Cuevas fled the scene with the tiger as police arrived to investigate, and he remains in custody for evading arrest.

I don't think this is something they teach you at the Police Academy.

Imagine looking out your window and seeing a tiger prowling. Footage recently surfaced on Twitter that shows a tiger roaming around a Houston, Texas neighborhood. The big cat apparently got loose from a nearby home where it was seemingly being kept as a pet. The video shows the tiger coming within a few feet of a nearby homeowner as it wanders the streets on Sunday night (May 9th.) The man in the video pulls out a gun as the tiger approaches, and fortunately, the tiger does not attack him. Fox news reports the armed man was actually an off-duty sheriff’s deputy that said he only pointed his weapon at the tiger to protect the neighborhood. Witnesses say a man came out of the house to get the tiger, and the off-duty deputy and the tiger owner argued about the incident briefly, before the owner entered the home with the animal. A short time later, the same man came outside with the tiger and loaded it into his SUV before driving off before authorities could arrive at the scene.

Here's how two different stations covered this story.

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