DALLAS — Police and federal agents serving an arrest warrant in Texas were shocked to discover a tiger cub inside a home.
The Dallas Police Department confirmed in an email that its officers were assisting the U.S. Marshals Service in serving a warrant at a home when they found a tiger in a cage inside.
Agents arrested Dallas rapper Trapboy Freddy, born Devarius Moore, on weapons charges, WFAA reported.
The tiger’s presence quickly sparked rumors on social media, which prompted concerns among some that an animal could have escaped from the Dallas Zoo, KDFW reported.
On Twitter, the Dallas Zoo said: “We are aware of a rumor that is circulating — we want to assure everyone our tigers are all accounted for and safe here at the Zoo. We saw messages online and heard from concerned local neighbors and wanted to set minds at ease about your Dallas Zoo!”
Police told WFAA that the tiger was caged the entire time and was never loose on the streets.
Dallas Animal Services took the animal, which is being held in protective custody, KDFW reported.
Both Dallas and Dallas County ban the possession of tigers by private residents.
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