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Hot! Tyga Could Face Charges For Pet Tiger

A Grammy-nominated rapper, aptly known by his stage name Tyga, could
face criminal charges for allegedly illegally housing a pet tiger in his
Southern California mansion. Authorities got an anonymous tip April 19
about a Bengal tiger living at Tyga’s Calabasas home, according to the
California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

When the warden
responded, the 7-month-old male Bengal tiger was nowhere to be found.
Officials staked out the home for seven hours until Tyga, or Michael Ray
Stevenson, returned home at 11 p.m., department spokesman Andrew Hughan
said. When they questioned the rapper about his exotic pet, Tyga told
them he took it to a Ventura County shelter earlier that day, Hughan
said. But that shelter is meant to house more common house pets, such as
dogs and cats, and can’t accommodate a 100-pound endangered wild
animal, officials said.

The tiger was removed from the shelter and
has been transferred to a “secure location” by state authorities, but
they would not disclose the location to NBC4. The animal is brown with
black stripes and appears to be in good shape, Hughan said. The Young
Money artist’s Instagram account shows photos of a tiger, including one
where the animal is sitting on top of a black Rolls Royce. Another photo
features a tiger on the floor of what appears to be a recording studio
with Tyga seen in the background. Animals such as tigers are forbidden
to own as pets under the Fish and Game Code. The animals “must be kept
in a permitted facility that is licensed to house and care for
restricted species.” Tyga could faces fines and up to six months in jail
for misdemeanor possession of a prohibited species, Hughan said. Tyga’s
representatives have not returned attempts by NBC4 for comment.

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