CONROE, Texas – It wouldn’t be unusual to see a tiger in the zoo—but imagine spotting the giant cat in your neighborhood.
Jonathan Gessner and Erin Poole saw just that Thursday afternoon as a young female tiger ran down their street.
“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 upt 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.”
Officers say it’s against city ordinances to keep a wild animal in Conroe.
For Gessner and Poole, it’s certainly a wild encounter they won’t soon forget.