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Houston Tiger Is Found After Being Missing for Days

A tiger that was final seen on Sunday wandering round a residential neighborhood in Houston has been discovered and “appears to be unharmed,” the Houston police mentioned on Saturday night.

The tiger was taken to an animal shelter, the police mentioned on Twitter, including {that a} information convention was deliberate for later within the night.

“We got him, and he’s healthy,” Ronald Borza, a commander with the Houston Police Department, mentioned in a video launched by the division that confirmed him petting the tiger because it drank from a bottle.

The tiger, a 9-month-old Bengal named India, drew widespread consideration after movies that confirmed it meandering via a West Houston neighborhood circulated on-line.

Before the tiger was discovered, Commander Borza had mentioned at a information convention on Friday that he believed it had been handed round six to eight occasions this week among the many houses of individuals concerned in dealing with unique animals.

Commander Borza mentioned the police had visited identified house owners of unique animals within the Houston space in hopes of discovering the tiger.

In the movies, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lives within the neighborhood attracts his handgun when he sees the tiger. Later, a person who was recognized as Victor Cuevas, 26, comes out to corral the tiger. A video exhibits him kissing the animal as he leads it away.

Mr. Cuevas was arrested on Tuesday and charged with evading arrest, a felony, after he was seen placing the tiger in a white S.U.V. and driving off from the scene, in line with the Houston police.

On Wednesday, Mr. Cuevas was launched from the Fort Bend County Jail, the place he had been held on a $50,000 bond, in line with Wesley Wittig, govt assistant district legal professional in Fort Bend County.

But two days later, a decide revoked the bond, turned Mr. Cuevas over to the custody of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and set a brand new bond at $300,000.

Mr. Cuevas had beforehand been charged with homicide within the taking pictures of a person in 2017, however he had been launched on bond by the point the tiger incident occurred.

A metropolis ordinance bars Houston residents from proudly owning tigers, and a violation is a misdemeanor. Outside Houston however inside the remainder of Harris County, proudly owning wild animals, akin to tigers, is permitted under certain conditions.

The lacking tiger had prompted concern amongst householders in addition to animal rights activists, together with Carole Baskin, who was featured within the 2020 Netflix documentary collection “Tiger King.”

Ms. Baskin mentioned in a Facebook post that she would provide a $5,000 reward to whoever might safely hand over the tiger to an animal sanctuary accredited by the Global Federation of Sanctuaries, a nonprofit that cares for animals which might be deserted, displaced or damage.

Michael Levenson contributed reporting.

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