Tiger Roams in Hurricane’s Aftermath

Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 16th, 2008

Galveston, Texas authorities busy trying to clean up after Hurricane Ike have a new problem on their hands: There’s a tiger loose.

A county official told the Associated Press on Tuesday, September 16, that the animal somehow left its enclosure at an exotic pets center in Crystal Beach. Animal experts are coming in to try and catch the tiger.

Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough put it this way: “Turns out there’s a tiger, and I understand he’s hungry … so we’re staying away from him.”

Crystal Beach is on Bolivar Peninsula. The area is one of the hardest-hit by Ike.

The news follows reports of a lion holed up in a Baptist church with its owner on Bolivar Peninsula as well as livestock and other animals roaming amid Hurricane Ike’s wreckage.

There are no reports of any primate escapees, which often occur when hurricanes sweep through the southern USA and subtropical Florida.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.


4 Responses to “Tiger Roams in Hurricane’s Aftermath”

  1. HOOSIERHUNTER responds:

    I’ll probably catch you-know-what from some people for saying this, but humans need to leave animals like this in the wild. They are not pets, they are not meant for human amusement. They are dangerous animals that need to be treated with respect and left in their native habitats. There is absolutely no compelling reason for people to have these creatures. Frankly, I’m not particularly in favor of zoos either for that matter. I can not believe a caged animal is a happy animal.
    In emergencies like Ike these creatures can and do escape and they are not out there looking to be petted! The chance is too great that either some one is going to get eaten or the animal is going to be killed.
    And no, for the record, I am not an animal right’s activist. I am a hunter and a photographer with a great deal of respect for wildlife.

  2. gkingdano responds:

    Another perfect example of why this type of exotic “pets” should not be aloud without MASSIVE govt. permit fees, background checks(paid for by the applicate), bonding, and inspections of the “enclosures”. This one was on the coast barrier island that get hit by hurricanes every few years. DUHH! Hurricanes knock down fences and stuff. If I lived in Crystal Beach, I would sue the “owners” of this animal for EVERY thing they have so that they could now even think of getting another after this one is shot and killed.

  3. ETxArtist responds:

    I’ve been to Bolivar and Crystal Beach many times. It’s a tiny spot on a narrow peninsula- if you were at the top of a tall ladder you could see the Gulf and the bay at the same time. The only trees on the peninsula are scrub mesquites. The Gulf side is fairly well-developed (or was, before everything got blown away). Along the bay side are cattle pastures. If a tiger was roaming around this place it wouldn’t be too hard to find- there’s just nowhere for it to go, unless it headed northeast. I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire peninsula had been underwater during the storm surge, it’s that flat- makes you wonder what a tiger would do to stay afloat.

  4. gkingdano responds:

    Tigers are VERY good swimmers. I have not seen any thing about escaped exotic animals on the local press. One would think they would jump all over this type of “story” if it was real.




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