A New York City man was keeping a Bengal tiger in his Harlem apartment as a pet. Police were alerted when the man showed up at Harlem Hospital with bite wounds on his arms and legs which he claimed were from a pit bull. Police were able to subdue the tiger with a tranquilizer shot through the window. The tiger is now resting comfortably at the Bronx Zoo. One neighbor was quoted as saying “He got the tiger when it was very little some three to five years ago. That was his pet. It just outgrew him.”
Outgrew is an understatement. What kind of rat problem do you have to have before you think about getting a tiger to take care of it? The man was also keeping a three foot caiman in the apartment. It sounds like he might have had visions of starting his own small scale zoo.