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Tyga's Tiger

Confiscated By Wildlife Cops

Not So Grrrreat Now

4/25/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tyga Tiger ConfiscatedTyga's pet tiger has just been ripped from his clutches -- after authorities claimed the rapper was illegally in possession of the exotic animal ... and now Tyga could face criminal charges.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, California Wildlife officers received a report last week that a tiger was housed at Tyga's home in Ventura County.

We're told a warden responded to the home -- and Tyga told him he had removed the cat from the house (presumably due to complaints) and placed it at a private animal shelter.

It's unclear how long Tyga's had the cat -- but he began posting photos of the tiger on Instagram last month.

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According to law enforcement, Wildlife officers picked up the 7-month-old cat at the shelter and transferred it to a state facility for safekeeping ... while they investigate.

We're told Tyga could face misdemeanor charges of possession of a prohibited species ... punishable by up to six months in jail.

Worth noting, we're told Tyga took good care of the tiger. Sources close to Tyga tell us, the rapper didn't realize it was illegal to own ... and as soon as he realized, he gave it to a sanctuary.
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16.

Dobbins    

This stupid-ass rappers...just have to out-do each other. I just don't get the mentality of these nitwits.

89 days ago
17.

ForgetTheName    

Good. And, he knew. People just play dumb so they maybe get off with a warning.

89 days ago
18.

w    

why is he in trouble if he did the right thing and handed it over..then again only an idiot wouldn't know you can't have a pet tiger.

89 days ago
19.

oscar    

Monkeys can't own Tigers silly..

89 days ago
20.

loulou    

Beautiful animal...hard to believe he didn't know it was illegal to own him. Glad he at least did the right thing by turning it over to a sanctuary. Hope all turns out well for the tiger. Even though I know he's dangerous, I just want to cuddle with him!

89 days ago
21.

Sonja    

Why did they remove it from a licensed wildlife sanctuary? Why not leave it there if the place has all it's proper permits. If the tiger was well cared for and if he did surrender it to a wildlife sanctuary what is the big deal. The state can't keep it's cops from shooting dogs tied up in peoples yards but they can personally house a tiger? If the tiger wasn't even found at the home then that means he placed it in proper facility before the police even showed up. Pretty sure CA have other more pressing issues to deal with than removing a tiger from a facility in an attempt to prove the owner kept it for some time at his home.

89 days ago
22.

HumanNature    

THE WORLD IS FULL OF "DUMB" PEOPLE!!!!!

89 days ago
23.

nana    

You buy shoes he buys tigers how does that make him stupid?

89 days ago
24.

Edddie Nash    

TMZ has some corny a** writers.

89 days ago
25.

nana    

George Clooney walks around with a pig how is that sensible

89 days ago
26.

nana    

Lol ok ok its pretty stupid having a tiger as a pet

89 days ago
27.

Black Adam    

To bad it was still a Cub. Now we will never hear about how Tyga's Tiger scratched his eyes out.

89 days ago
28.

weezer    

That poor animal, it shouldn't be in a cage!!!

89 days ago
29.

LMN    

He didn't know it was illegal to have an animal like that? How stupid can one person be? Who sold it to him? THAT person better be prosecuted as well!
Too bad the animal didn't eat him. Problem solved!

89 days ago
30.

scott    

What a dumb ass Trying to swag to hard

89 days ago
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