Have you had bad neighbors? If you think late-night parties are the worst, think again. Neighbors in a small village in Madagascar had to deal with something much more serious. Everyone thought it was a vacant house, but a strange smell was coming from it. The neighbors tried to ignore the smell. However, they knew there was something wrong. They eventually banded together and called in the professionals. What they discovered came as a shock to everyone.
A Terrible Smell
The residents of the neighborhood initially couldn’t figure out where the bad smell was coming from. No one wanted to point fingers, so the issue kept getting worse. Finally, the smell became so strong that the entire area felt like it was suffocating. Finally, the neighborhood decided to come together and found out that the smell was actually coming from what seemed like an abandoned house.
Figuring Out What To Do
Since it was an abandoned house, the neighbors had to figure out how to get inside and solve the issue. Although they could enter illegally, they wanted to be sure that there wasn’t any trouble inside as the smell was really rancid. They thought of calling the authorities but decided against it because they felt it was a silly question. The neighborhood considered reporting the house to the city as overrun, but they started noticing something which stopped them from making the call.
People Coming And Going
Everyone thought the house was abandoned, but surprisingly, people were coming and going from it all of a sudden. The neighbors couldn’t believe anyone would dare go near the house, let alone go inside of it. Just what was inside the house? Incredibly, the smell went away for some time, and the neighbors continued doing their usual thing. They thought that the worst was over. Little did they know it was just starting.
Back With A Vengeance
The residents started to think their worries were over, but the smell came back with a vengeance. The neighbors even held a meeting to talk about the issue among themselves. It was at this point that they concluded the smell was indeed from the suspected house. They knew that intruding by themselves wasn’t something they should do, so they finally decided on calling the police. The neighbors told the officers that they were beginning to feel concerned about the smell. As for the officers, they did not know what it might be.
Checking Out The House
After the police got the call, they investigated the house. They brought with them some of the neighbors so they could be guided around the property. They had no idea what would greet them. Since the police didn’t know who or what they were up against, they made sure to prepare for the investigation. They brought along a team of specialists, like a medical examiner, a wildlife expert, and others.
The Wildlife Committee
Wildlife committee member Soary Randrianjafizanaka worked in the department that the police called upon to help in investigating the house. In instances when foul smells are reported, her department is usually called to help investigate the issue. When Randrianjafizanaka heard about the house, the head of the agency went herself to investigate. Since her own home was in the area, she was curious.
The Location Of The House
The house was in Toliara City, which is located on Madagascar’s southwest coast. The town is charming and peaceful, with the residents co-existing and not having any real troubles. However, due to the city’s reputation, it was hard for the police to believe that the situation was caused by foul play. This is the reason they called on Randrianjafizanaka, in case the smell was actually animal-related.
Fair Share Of Incidents
The Environmental Agency was established a while back, so it has seen its fair share of unbelievable incidents involving animals. The agency has dealt with animals of various kinds, including fearful kittens and fierce predators, among others. Of course, the police always call the agency first if they think an animal is involved in an investigation. However, at this point, the authorities still had no clue what they were up against.
Arriving At The Scene
Once they arrived at the home, they couldn’t quite put their finger on the pungent smell. Randrianjafizanaka was concerned about what it could be, which is why she made sure to brace herself when she entered the house. She had been in many different situations, but this definitely stood out. She and her team had never smelled anything like what was coming from the house. They definitely had no idea what they would find inside.
Aside from the atrocious stench coming from, the house looked pretty normal on the outside. You would never know the large house was actually harboring a dark secret. It was tranquil inside. Everyone wondered why a good-looking house like that would be abandoned, so they checked if it was for sale. However, they found out that it wasn’t. Everything was still a mystery, and they were entering into the unknown.
Entering The House
When the team entered the house, many of them became lightheaded because of the really intense smell. They were totally engulfed in the scent, but they had no choice. They needed to move deeper into the house. Unfortunately, they still have not discovered the smell’s source, and everyone on the team tried to guess what it could be. As for Randrianjafizanaka, she thought that animal waste might be the culprit, but was she right?
Randrianjafizanaka was almost certain at this point that the smell was animal-related. Such a stench could only be created by animals trapped inside somewhere. However, she couldn’t completely rule out the fact that people may also be in the house. However, looking at the house’s interior, she figured that no one could live there in such conditions. Thus, a lot of questions surrounding the house were about to be answered.
As the team made their way inside the house, they heard a noise and stopped in their tracks. The sound was not really loud, but it was loud enough for everyone to hear. At this point, the team was on their guard as they were almost certain they weren’t alone. It turns out, there were actually other people on the property, and both parties were completely shocked to see each other. The police and experts got even more confused by this development.
Everyone came face-to-face with each other, and the police saw the other people holding shovels in their hands and digging holes. They seemed to be in a hurry to dig the holes, and objects were surrounding them as well. The team had no clue what to make of this. Everything that they had expected to find had gone out of the window. Aside from the fact that the house was not abandoned, people were also digging holes on the property.
The police approached them, asking what they were doing. Not surprisingly, the individuals started acting strange. Now, everyone was sure that there was something off about the whole thing. It looked like the diggers were attempting to hide something, but the police could see right through it. As soon as the cops moved closer, the diggers dropped their shovels as though they had been caught. However, at this point, the team still didn’t really understand what the diggers would be guilty of.
Arresting The Suspects
It seemed like the diggers knew that they were in trouble since they put their hands up right away. They probably thought running away was useless, so they chose to cooperate. The cops assumed the diggers had done something bad, so they followed protocol and arrested the suspects. Then, the police went back inside the house to see what the diggers had been hiding. This meant they had to brave the awful smell once again.
The Floor Seemed To Be Moving
When the authorities entered the rooms, it became clear that the house’s interior had been destroyed. There was no light, the windows and ceilings were covered in cobwebs, and everything fell apart. While they were looking for the source of the awful stench, they came across something unbelievable — the floor in some areas of the house was moving! Needless to say, they were startled at first. However, they eventually figured out what was in front of them.
There were tortoises packed like sardines, and they covered almost the entire floor. There were so many of them that it looked like the poor animals made up the floor. The team stood there in disbelief, speechless. Then, Randrianjafizanaka realized that the tortoises were not ordinary, and she had no idea where they had come from. The team had difficulty looking through the house because so many tortoises were scattered everywhere.
Randrianjafizanaka knew these tortoises were special, and she was right. Known as radiated tortoises, these animals are rare and are hardly ever spotted in the wild. Only a small number of the species live in Madagascar. These tortoises are known for the unique markings on their shells and their docile nature. It began to make sense to Randrianjafizanaka and the team why the people they arrested had these animals.
Because these creatures are rare, criminals often poach them. There are even people who eat these tortoises as a delicacy. Less extremely, these tortoises are kept as pets. However, the law states that it is also illegal to do this. There are still people who keep these tortoises, though. Many underground operations involve stealing and illegally selling tortoises. Today, the species is nearly extinct because of the way they are treated. What happened here was especially heinous.
In Desperate Need Of Help
Randrianjafizanaka knew right away what she had to do. She had to get the poor creatures out of the house and move them to a safe and suitable place for tortoises, and she needed to do this as soon as possible. These animals had been treated horrendously, and many of them were more than likely close to dying. It was a lot of work and took a lot of time. However, the tortoises were in danger every second that they were in the house.
This species of tortoises was once thriving, but in recent years, their population has fallen drastically. In the ’90s, their population was estimated to be around 12 million, a relatively low number, but by 2010, that number had dropped to less than 6 million. Now, it is estimated that only 3 million of these tortoises exist. The team knew that countless tortoises were in the house, but they couldn’t tell just how many there were exactly. In total, over 9,000 tortoises were crammed in the small space.
On The Bright Side
The conditions that the tortoises had been in were appalling, and they had been mistreated as well, but the team was happy that they recovered so many of the animals. Because many of the tortoises were sickly, there was a lot of care to transport the animals to a safe place. Having found so many, the team hoped that they could help bring up the population numbers of the tortoises. But, unfortunately, not everything was working out for the animals.
The Hard Truth
The people helping the tortoises were glad to have found them, but they soon learned the hard truth. Sadly, the team found out that many of the tortoises they rescued would only survive until the following week because the poor creatures were severely ill. These tortoises were dehydrated, and though the vets did everything they could, they still couldn’t save all of the animals. Even if every team member worked around the clock, they couldn’t care for more than 9,000 tortoises.
The Neighbors Were In Disbelief
The people that had called the cops about the smell couldn’t believe what was found inside the house. They were surprised by the fact that criminal activity was happening and that 9,000 endangered tortoises were inside. If they hadn’t called about the issue, the culprits would likely have gotten away with the crime. The story went viral, and many activists raised awareness about different kinds of animals that get mistreated, just like the tortoises.
Animal Cruelty Continues To Be A Problem
Many people have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty, but it still happens every day. People become controlled by money and greed, and they forget that animals are also living beings that should be treated with respect. The pet industry is unfortunately not always better, and many people have been calling for reform. In fact, more and more people are boycotting the industry completely because they think animals aren’t getting the treatment they deserve, even the legal animals.
Their Next Move
All in all, roughly 8,000 of the tortoises managed to survive the near-death experience. At this point, the team switched their focus to what to do with the animals. They weren’t sure if the tortoises were ready to go back to the wild, but the team was sure no facility could care for all 8,000 animals. Since the poor creatures went through the worst, everyone wanted them to feel comfortable and happy.
Not Going Back To The Wild
In the end, it was not possible to release the tortoises back into the wild because they have been in that house for much of their lives. Releasing the creatures into the wild would actually put them at risk. They might be captured by poachers again or die. This is why it was decided that they will be taken care of closely by experts who will make sure that they are both safe and comfortable. The tortoises can now finally relax.
A Better Life
Today, the tortoises have a better life as they now get plenty of food, water, and attention. There is also a dedicated team that is really excited to work with the creatures. At the moment, the researchers are working on getting the tortoises’ population numbers back up. Seeing as the experts can work with 8,000 tortoises, things are starting to look up, not only for the said tortoises but for the species in general.
What Happened To The Culprits
The people that illegally hoarded these poor tortoises are criminals and animal abusers. Considering how serious the crime was, many people wanted these criminals to get what they deserve. In court, the culprits received long prison sentences. Now, the criminals know what it feels like to be held in a small space against their will. Thousands of tortoises were kept inside a house, but the neighbors didn’t really know anything about it. You never really know what could be inside the other houses in your neighborhood. Keep reading to learn what the cops discovered in an abandoned Houston home.
An Abandoned Home In Texas
Don’t you think that an abandoned home is mesmerizing? If you walk through one, you can imagine the people who used to live there, how it looked, and how it became so desolate. However, this woman wasn’t thinking of any of these things when she went inside an abandoned Texas home. The night had started with someone her friend knew leading them to this mysterious house. Needless to say, this was not a good idea.
Something Wasn’t Right
Anytime you go inside an abandoned house with people you don’t know, you should not be surprised if there is trouble. The woman’s gut was telling her that something wasn’t right. However, she chose not to say anything and went with her friend. They were with two men whom they barely knew in an abandoned house. One of the guys said that he needed to do something quickly. So, with the ladies feeling daring, they entered into unknown territory.
In Terrible Condition
The woman could immediately tell that it had been a while since the home had last been occupied. It was in terrible condition. Even though the guy that led them there told them that he was “fixing it up,” considering how the home looked, it would need major help. The woman had no idea how this guy came across this house and started living there. The whole thing was suspect.
Like A Horror Film
As they wandered through the home, the woman felt like she was in a horror film. She couldn’t help feeling that there was something terribly wrong that she would encounter. This feeling was partly caused by something the guy said earlier that day. He didn’t just say he needed to do a chore. The guy said that he needed to feed his pet. It seemed like judging this squatter was only the least of her worries.
Packages Of Raw Meat
A house that has been abandoned for some time will look and smell ‘off.’ However, there was something particularly rancid about the home. Then, she saw what it was. While they were making their way to the garage, she found packages of meat kept nearby. You’d expect to see dry dog food when someone says they will feed their pet, but whatever was being kept in the garage, it certainly wasn’t your average pet.
Concerned About Their Well-Being
At this point, she and her friend were definitely getting nervous and concerned about their well-being. Although the woman knew that she would have to do something, she also didn’t want to run out without checking what was in the garage. So she held her breath and walked into the garage with the others. Sure enough, something was shocking inside. So, what exactly did the woman see that was shocking?
The worst of the ladies fears were confirmed. They saw a tiger in the garage, and it wasn’t a baby. Instead, the 350-pound creature was fully grown. The woman was definitely frightened by sight, but she couldn’t help feeling bad for the animal. It was kept in a far too small cage and was filthy from living in the rundown home. A tiger is definitely a fearsome animal, but it was also pitiful in this tiger’s case.
More And More Concerned
As the woman thought more about the whole thing, she realized that the tiger was less of a concern than the guy who claimed to be its owner. She wondered how he got the tiger there. This guy was clearly not concerned about breaking the law as keeping tigers as pets were illegal in Houston. The woman knew that something had to be done about this. She couldn’t just continue with her night and not do anything about this situation.
Making The Call
Once she managed to get some privacy, she made an anonymous phone call to the authorities. After dialing the Houston non-emergency line, she was able to talk to the operator about what she witnessed in the home. She was adamant that she was telling the truth that a large tiger was being kept in an abandoned house. She told the operator the home’s exact address, and the police took over the case.
The Police Entered The Scene
The police reportedly thought the woman might have been hallucinating, under the influence, or just seeing things. Nevertheless, investigating what could be happening is part of their job. So the cops had to go in. If there was indeed a large tiger being kept in an abandoned home, it could create problems. Aside from the fact that it is illegal to have the tiger as a pet, it also didn’t seem like its owner was good.
Checking The Home Out
Once police got to the home, they noticed that it seemed to have been unoccupied for some time. There were no belongings inside, so it didn’t seem like anybody was living there. The police only found some packages of meat, which indicated somebody had entered the premises. They seemed to be experiencing the same thing that the woman did when she entered the home for the first time. Then they went inside the garage.
Seeing The Tiger With Their Own Eyes
Just like what the woman had said, a fully grown tiger was in a small cage and was being kept in the home’s garage. The cops also noticed a makeshift lock on the cage, fastened only with a nylon strap and a screwdriver. It became clear to them that this was the work of an amateur. Surprisingly, all of the commotions didn’t seem to bother the tiger. They expected it to get rambunctious, but it didn’t. It was as if the tiger knew that the police came to help him.
Transporting The Tiger
Once the police verified that there was really a tiger in the house, they contacted animal control. To make sure that they could move the tiger safely, it was tranquilized by the animal rescue officers. Then, they used special equipment to get the animal out of the cage and move it somewhere safe. The living conditions of the tiger were deplorable, but they noted that it was well-fed and didn’t seem bothered being around people. However, the animal was very dehydrated.
The first thing they needed to do was to find a safe place for the tiger to live. It was clear that the animal hadn’t been treated right. It would need professional care. The workers immediately started caring for the confused and innocent animal. There was a local shelter that agreed to take the tiger in temporarily. They kept the animal in a horse pen and away from other animals. It wasn’t permanent, but it would do.
The Owner Was Charged
The police officers had to continue investigating who should be held responsible for what happened to the tiger. Its owner was charged for keeping the animal illegally in an abandoned home. According to a spokeswoman, they have encountered an illegal tiger several times. She said that tigers are usually obtained as pets when they are still young and tiny. However, when they grow older, they become too expensive and dangerous. Because of this, they are often abandoned.
Finding A New Home
The officials had no idea about the tiger’s history, so they couldn’t safely release it into the wild. Instead, a specialized sanctuary was needed, so they contacted Black Beauty Ranch, located in Murchison, Texas. It sits on five acres of naturally wooded land, and it mimics a natural environment, which the tiger could use to adjust to life outdoors. Several hundred animals are living at the ranch.
The tiger’s new caretakers named him Tyson and started discovering his little quirks. Watching the tiger interact with grass was definitely exciting. Dr. Mikaela Vetters said that the first time the animal got onto the grass, it looked like Tyson was “walking on hot sand.” Right away, it was apparent that the tiger had never been on grass and had missed out on experiences that other animals have since it was kept hidden.
Not Easy Pets
Although tigers are legal in Texas, Houston does not allow keeping them as pets for different reasons. One obvious reason is that not everybody knows how to look after tigers. What happened in this story is proof of that. When tigers are young, they are small and can make wonderful pets like cats or dogs. However, as they grow larger, taking care of them becomes harder. They need more specialized treatment, which many people aren’t ready to give.
Taking Care Of A Grown Tiger
Yes, tiger cub photos are adorable, but you also have to consider the animals when they’re fully grown. It isn’t easy to have a pet that weighs more than the average grown man does and eats 25 pounds of meat a day. On top of that, tigers can be dangerous because they aren’t immune to lashing out or getting spooked regardless of how they were raised. Handling a tiger that snaps and handling a dog that gets out of sorts are not the same.
Together With Other Tigers
Aside from Tyson, there are two more tigers at the sanctuary. This is probably the first time that Tyson encountered other tigers since he was really young. According to the WWF, there are only 4,000 tigers left in the world. It is vital that these animals get treated right and looked after so that they can prosper. We hope Tyson gets to enjoy his days. Thankfully, someone was concerned enough for the tiger and gave a tip helpful tip to the authorities.