“[We] could hear a large animal moving around inside the garage,” Mears said. “I could also smell the familiar scent of a large cat, so that confirmed in my mind that there was indeed something inside that needed further investigating.”
BARC obtained a warrant to enter the house and, sure enough, a 300-pound tiger awaited them inside. The living situation was far from ideal for the large animal, and the tiger was grateful to see his rescuers.
“We were greeted by a medium-sized tiger inside a small cage, much too small for his size,” Mears said. “He was very friendly and began chuffing at us, which in ‘tiger-speak’ is a friendly greeting.”