CONROE, Texas - A judge has awarded the City of Conroe temporary custody of a tiger found wandering the streets last week.
The tiger’s owner, Cody Tibbits, officially turned the big cat over to Conroe Animal Control on Monday. Tibbits said he bought the tiger, named Nahla, two weeks ago and was trying to make his ownership legally binding.
He said Nahla got loose while trying to transport her to a friend’s home during last week’s flood.
“I just want the best for her,” Tibbits said. “I want to make sure she’s cared for and not kept as a zoo animal…She’s not a threat.”
Jonathan Gessner and Erin Poole saw the young female tiger running down their street last Thursday afternoon.
“I see something run into the bushes—it was really big,” Poole said. “And Jonathan hopped out of the car and was like, ‘I’m gonna catch it.’”
Gessner saw the tiger had a collar and a leash and tried to grab it.
“I just walked up to it and it ran up to me and started kissing me in the face and licking me,” Gessner said.
The tiger is reportedly from Atascocita, but her owners brought her to Conroe after their house flooded.
“It seems to be a tame animal, seems very playful and friendly,” said Sgt. Dorcy McGinnis with the Conroe Police Department. “It is a very strong animal. It definitely would not be appropriate here in the City of Conroe.”
It's against city ordinances to keep a wild animal in Conroe.