Grammy-nominated rapper Tyga could face criminal charges for illegally housing a real pet tiger

Grammy-nominated rapper Tyga could face criminal charges for illegally housing a real version of his jungle cat namesake at his Southern California mansion.An anonymous source tipped off local authorities on April 19 that there was a Bengal tiger in the hip-hop star’s Calabasas home.Such animals are forbidden as pets under the Fish and Game Code, and must ‘be kept in a permitted facility that is licensed to house and care for restricted species.’

 
Grammy-nominated rapper Tyga could face criminal charges for illegally housing a real pet tiger

 

 The rapper flaunted the Bengal tiger on his Instagram, but told authorities he'd given it to an animal shelter before they arrived

The rapper flaunted the Bengal tiger on his Instagram, but told authorities he’d given it to an animal shelter before they arrived

 A warden responded to the scene but was not able to find any endangered exotic animals.

It took a seven hour stake out before Tyga, who was born Michael Ray Stevenson, finally came home at about 11 p.m.

 

When he returned, authorities questioned him. Tyga said he’d taken the seven-month-old tiger to a Ventura County shelter earlier that day, department spokesman Andrew Hughan told NBC Los Angeles. 

However that shelter is not built to accommodate a 100-pound animal.

The shelter had removed the tiger and had state authorities transfer it to a ‘secure location.’

They would not tell reporters where the tiger had been moved.

 
Authorities said the animal was in good health and was being kept in an undisclosed location

However, Hughan did verify the animal was in good health.

Tyga, was is signed to Young Money, has flaunted pictures of the tiger on his Instagram account.

In one shot the animal is atop a Rolly Royce. In another, it is on the floor of the recording studio.

The rapper could be sentenced to up to six month in jail for misdemeanor possession of a prohibited species.

 

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