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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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118 COMMENTS

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46.

Skingtattoo    

Hes had him for a while, hes in the chris brown video with him. "Loyal" 2:50-3:00 on the vid

129 days ago
47.

alexis1    

from pit bulls to tigers...to show just how baddddd i am...

129 days ago
48.

Bill    

Should have eaten his dumb black ass

129 days ago
49.

Johnny Thunder    

He did the right thing no biggie.

129 days ago
50.

KLAW    

Tyga layin Wood!

129 days ago
51.

LadyTippy    

Wild animals DO NOT belong in private residents don't care how famous you are and how much money you have

129 days ago
52.

kewljewl    

What idiot doesn't know that having a tiger is illegal. Seriously???

129 days ago
53.

mikeR    

there are some really stupid people in the entertainment business...all hat and no cattle with this guy

129 days ago
54.

Bob Johnson    

What ashame. This poor tiger had a fighting chance as someone's pet. Now it will be killed for its fur. Wildlife agents gave my dad a ticket for not having a fishing license while taking his kid fishing...privatize law enforcement. ..it's time the public fights back!

129 days ago
55.

sam    

I hope they put this barbarian in jail!

129 days ago
56.

GOOTS    

WHO???

129 days ago
57.

lupine    

Kill the tigers in canned hunts in Texas. But louts buy them for pets?. This guy has a ego as large as the moon. Go rap about killing animals. You would have killed this one after it became boring to you

128 days ago
58.

familyties    

BS - you can bet he knew it was illigal & as soon as he found out someone knew he had it he got rid of it - they should also arrest the person(s) who sold him this "pet".... All they will do is just slap his damn wrist tho - who cares if he had an endangered cat - he's famous so he won't get into too much trouble.

128 days ago
59.

don    

leave him alone he's just home sick

128 days ago
60.

Obvious justice    

Of course he knew its illegal all exotic animal are illegal to have in almost every state

128 days ago
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