In videos that circulate on social networks, the animal is wandering through the residential area Ivy Wall Drive, located to the west of the city.
The irruption of a tiger in a residential area of Houston, United States, unleashed panic among the neighbors.
In videos that circulate on social networks, the animal is seen wandering through the residential area Ivy Wall Drive, located to the west of the city. According to the local press, the feline was spotted around 8 pm on Sunday.
Police said they received a call shortly after that time when one of the neighbors reported that the tiger was walking through their front yard, in the West Memorial area, near Highway 6 and Memorial Drive.
One of the videos showed a neighbor grabbing the tiger for what appeared to be a necklace while trying to enter one of the houses. However, a few seconds later, another subject appeared who pointed a pistol at the animal.
"Put the fucking animal back in. Fuck you and your fucking tiger! ", The man is heard saying while pointing his gun directly at the animal, according to the video posted on social networks.
The other individual, who apparently was the owner of the feline, replied: "I'll catch it, I'll catch it," according to the video posted on Twitter by user @robwormald.
In another recording, a woman records the moment of tension and confrontation between the neighbors from her home.
"A bloody Bengal tiger is roaming the neighborhood!" The woman is heard saying. "What the fuck? Why is there a tiger? "
The apparent owner eventually managed to steer the animal back home, photos of the incident showed.
One of the neighbors, identified as José Ramos, told ABC13 that the gunman was an off-duty officer, who is also a resident of the neighborhood.
Another group of neighbors told police that someone in a white car had taken the animal before it arrived.
This is the second incident with a tiger in a Houston neighborhood in two years. In 2019, a woman was arrested for possession of a caged tiger without the proper permits.
According to the ABC 13 portal, in Texas, owners of "wild animals" must register with their municipality or county office.
On Monday, the Animal Wellness Action organization called for Texas political authorities to pass a law that prohibits keeping these kinds of wild animals in places other than animal sanctuaries or zoos.