Tiger roaming loose on Houston street causes tense confrontation with guns drawn

In videos recorded by one or more neighbors, a tiger spotted slowly prowling around a residential neighborhood in west Houston on Sunday night prompted a tense confrontation with a pro-active local lawman.

Perhaps even more unnerving for the local Texas community, the current whereabouts of the animal are apparently unknown.

An armed, off-duty sheriff’s deputy reportedly intervened in the situation as the animal roamed around in the front yard of a home at around 8 p.m.

The officer can purportedly be heard in one of the videos telling another man, presumably the animal’s owner, to ““Get the f–- back inside. F–- you and your f–-ing tiger.” (Warning for language.)

The other man complied, holding on to the animal’s collar in the process. Fortunately, no one was harmed in the encounter.

In one video recorded by a neighbor embedded below and shared by local media, an eyewitness says “It has a collar. It is somebody’s pet.”

According to KHOU-11, the owner reportedly later loaded the tiger into an SUV and drove off before Houston cops arrived. For the time being, no charges are pending, although an investigation is ongoing.

It’s not clear how the tiger got loose in the first place, either, or how long the animal has been living at the home.

“The deputy emphasized he only pointed his weapon at the cat, not people, to keep the neighborhood safe,” the news outlet added.

A neighbor who initially spotted the big cat outside called 911, describing the situation as very scary, particularly given the family-oriented aspect of the area filled with many young children and pets.

Dangerous exotic animals, which also include lions, cougars, jaguars, and hyenas, are illegal within the Houston city limits but are legal in nearby Harris County and elsewhere in Texas, provided an owner complies with various regulations, plus insurance.

Municipalities on an individual basis can enact ordinances banning wild animals, however.

A violation of the Houston ban can subject the offender to misdemeanor fines ranging from $500 to $2,000.

The video clip below provides a closer look at the intervention by the deputy.

As this is a developing story, please check back for updates.

Robert Jonathan

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