A Bengal tiger named ‘India’ that has been missing in the Houston area has been located, officials said.
India is secure at BARC, the city’s animal shelter and adoption agency, said Mary Benton, communications director for the city.
“We are happy to report that the missing tiger seen in a Houston neighbourhood last week has been found and appears to be unharmed,” Houston police tweeted.
The man last seen with the big cat, Victor Hugo Cuevas, was out on bond on the murder charge in Fort Bend County and on a separate charge of evading arrest earlier this year in nearby Austin County.
Cuevas was arrested on Friday for evading police in Harris County regarding the missing tiger.
India was not with him, and its fate and whereabouts have captured the nation’s imagination since.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 16, 2021
A tiger disappeared after being spotted in the custody of a murder suspect last Sunday.
When authorities responded to calls about the tiger being loose in a neighbourhood, Victor Hugo Cuevas put it in his car and fled the scene.
It’s not clear who kept the tiger after that.
In a viral video, the big cat with a collar can be seen roaming around a residential area. A man can also be seen in the clip pointing what appears to be a gun at the wild animal.
Apparently there's a tiger loose on my parents' West Houston street? pic.twitter.com/TgdIiPSPKx
— robwormald (@robwormald) May 10, 2021