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By Tim Stelloh
A Texas man who entered an abandoned house to smoke marijuana on Monday found a tiger in the garage, authorities said.
The man, who was not identified, initially believed he was hallucinating when he found the tiger female in a "birdie" cage, police said, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.
The garage, in a house southeast of downtown Houston, was secured only with a screwdriver and a nylon strap, the station reported.
It was not clear who the tiger belonged to.
Images from the Houston animal control agency showed three officers preparing to move the animal to safety.
A spokeswoman for the agency, Lara Cottingham, told the Houston Chronicle that a wildlife refuge would take the tiger on Tuesday.