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The suburban Texas tiger – Issue of the day

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A video showing a suburban Texas tiger prowling around a suburban neighbourhood in the US went viral this week as viewers expressed their shock, but it is thought there are more pet tigers in the US alone than there are tigers in the wild.

Tigers, as pets?

It is thought that there are at least 5,000 privately owned tigers in the United States, kept in unlicensed zoos, private breeding facilities and in people’s homes. With chances they escape like this Issue of the day: The suburban Texas tiger. In many US states, there are no laws preventing ownership of exotic pets, while in other states such laws may not be enforced.

It’s more than live in the wild?

The global tiger population is thought to be around 3,900, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The organisation says that after a century of decline, overall wild tiger numbers are at least stabilising in areas such as India, Nepal, Russia and China, but in some areas – including much of Southeast Asia – they are still in crisis and more still needs to be done.