Have You Seen My Tiger? Orange-Black Stripes, Can’t Miss Him

| May 11, 2021

Now for a bit of the bizarre.  When police went to arrest a man in Houston, a huge Bengal Tiger escaped into the neighborhood.  The deputy drew his gun when the tiger approached him but the tiger turned back and he did not have to shoot it.  The deputy called for the man to get the large cat inside.

Owner of tiger seen prowling Texas neighborhood arrested, but big cat is still loose, police say

The owner of a tiger that was spotted taking a Mother’s Day prowl through a Texas neighborhood was arrested Monday, but his big cat remains on the loose, police said.

Hugo Cuevas was charged with evading arrest after police said he put the tiger in an SUV and drove off when cops arrived at the west Houston community to investigate reports that the jungle cat had hopped a fence and was stalking the streets.

Police said Cuevas, 26, who was out on bond following a 2017 murder charge, was being held at a jail in Richmond, Texas. His attorneys told TODAY he’s not the owner of the tiger.

Police also said they still don’t know where the tiger is.

The wild scene has caused an uproar among animal rights activists.

But wait, it gets weirder…

Houston’s Weird Tiger Story Gets Even Weirder

(NEWSER) – “The whereabouts of the tiger are not yet known.” It’s not your typical line in a big-city police department update, but it applies in Houston. The strange tiger tale began Sunday night, when residents of a city neighborhood spotted a loose tiger and called police. When officers arrived, a man fled with the animal in an SUV and eluded capture. On Monday night, police said they had arrested 26-year-old Victor Hugo Cuevas, who it turns out is out on bond on a murder charge, reports CNN. They caught him in a home in Fort Bend County, but they still don’t know where the tiger is. Cuevas has been charged with evading police in the tiger incident, and he could have his bond revoked in the murder case.

“The last we know of, the tiger was very safe and unharmed,” says his attorney, Michael Elliott, per the Houston Chronicle. He provided no more details but said his client planned to lead police to the animal. It wasn’t clear whether Cuevas owned the tiger—his attorney doesn’t think so—but police suggested he had been taking care of it, along with two monkeys, in a residential home. Keeping a small monkey is legal in Houston, but keeping a tiger requires a license for exotic animals, per the AP. Violation of that is a misdemeanor offense. The murder charge, meanwhile, dates back to 2017. Authorities say Cuevas shot a man to death outside a restaurant, and attorney Elliott maintains it was a case of self-defense.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Beware of Cat

  2. Daisy Cutter says:

    It’s probably Mike Tyson’s tiger.

  3. Mason says:

    We need common sense jungle cat control. Nobody needs a 500 pound apex predator.

  4. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    “MISSING: Large Cat, orange with black stripes, weighs approximately 500 pounds, call BR549”

  5. tshe says:

    It’s not his tiger but he put it in his SUV and drove off with it.

    Yeah, I don’t see a problem with that.

  6. bmorgan says:

    Where are the ladies at PETA protesting naked when you need them?

  7. David says:

    That deputy did well not to fire his gun… unless a VERY good/lucky shot is made, the time for the tiger to die is ‘way longer than the time it needs to turn the shooter to corned cop hash.

    • Green Thumb says:


      Tiger Lives Matter.

      • MarineDad61 says:

        Green Thumb,
        I just spit up hot tea on your TLM. Thanks.
        Good thing the 2 pet monkeys didn’t escape and attack anyone.
        Try turning THAT into an acronym, or a cause.

    • 5JC says:

      Tigers are pretty bad ass. A few years ago when 700lb Tiger got loose (along with a whole bunch of other dangerous animals)it took more than 50 rounds of pistol, 5.56 and buckshot to put it down.

  8. Claw says:

    Wonder if the SUV had a Esso/Exxon sticker on the back window?

    • Claw says:

      Or should I say “Too bad the get-away vehicle wasn’t a GTO with an Exxon sticker)?

      That way all the bases are covered./s

  9. Daisy Cutter says:

    It was reported that the perp recently watched “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

  10. KoB says:

    So the popo in Houston are looking for some loose pussy? Sounds like real monkey business to me.

  11. 26Limabeans says:

    I hate cats. Especially girlfriend cats.
    Found one of my ex GF cats dead in the outhouse
    at my camp while shooting clays with a friend.
    We looked at each other, grinned and then my
    friend said “pull”………

  12. Keepin' It Real says:

    From another news report:

    Tiger - Deputy

    Yesterday a contraband tiger got loose in Houston, a few houses down from a family Mother’s Day party with multiple children in attendance. An off-duty cop and other neighbors tried to corral the tiger.

    The owner, realizing the tiger was loose, came outside and yelled “Don’t shoot my tiger!”

    Direct quote from the off-duty cop:
    “Fuck you and your fucking tiger.”

    Stay gold, Texas. Stay gold.

  13. sbalm says:

    The tiger is still missing.

    Police are asking anyone with information on the tiger to contact Houston Police Department Major Offenders at (713) 308-3100.

  14. Sparks says:

    “Police said Cuevas, 26, who was out on bond following a 2017 murder charge…”

    This is problem number 1.

    • MarineDad61 says:

      Doesn’t anyone in Houston question how a 26-year-old
      can afford a $250,000 bond on a murder charge,
      live in upscale ‘burb digs,
      and pay for keeping a tiger and a pair of monkeys?
      Is his GF that loaded?

      Or, did his fleeing act just prove to be like another episode of COPS?

      Or, is this just me, with politically incorrect profiling?

    • Graybeard says:

      The DA in Houston is infamous for letting perps go.

      Montgomery Co has been having to clean up her trash – sometimes permanently.

  15. Tallywhagger says:


  16. Graybeard says:

    Having grown up in Houston – there are a lot of places a tiger can hide.

    It’s a jungle out there.

  17. I’ve Got A Tiger BY The Tail. Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, 1964.

    Tiger, Fabian, 1959

  18. Daisy Cutter says:

    The tiger’s on the lamb.

    (See what I did there?)

  19. Wireman611 says:

    Better call Calvin.

  20. Just An Old Dog says:

    There are more Tigers in Captivity in the US than there are in the wild.

  21. Sapper3307 says:

    Fluffy, eats anything loves kids.

  22. Dustoff says:

    When I tell people my Brother In Law was a ROK Tiger in Vietnam, I sometimes get strange looks….(Not that kind of Tiger)
    Enjoy the footage and the retro tunes.