Houston has its fair share of wildlife stories, including a cow and an alligator roaming the freeways. And who can forget India the Tiger?
HOUSTON – Houston has a way of keeping news – interesting. And this is perhaps the most breathtaking year yet when it comes to the creatures that have been spotted in the city.
We’ve seen it all this year: an otter spotted in Baytown, a cow roaming the highway, and who can forget India the Tiger?
The list does not end there. Below is our recap of Houston’s craziest animal stories of the year.
Houston’s craziest animal stories in 2021
Cow on the Houston Freeway
In April, a cow was seen walking in the morning on the main tracks of the eastern motorway near the ring road 8-east.
The drivers were within easy reach of the cow and were able to take pictures of the animal “moo-mooing” its way through Houston’s morning traffic.
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Capturing the cow was no easy task. The cattle stayed on the highway for almost half an hour before descending and resting in a nearby cemetery.
This allowed a breeding team to fight with the cow and bring her to safety.
And that wasn’t the only time we’ve received a video of a random cow roaming the streets this year. It’s Texas after all!
It happened in April too …
India the tiger
India, the tiger made national headlines in May after it was spotted walking through a yard in a western Houston neighborhood. But his story did not end there.
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Things got worse when India vanished for a few days after Victor Cuevas, the man at the center of the investigation, allegedly flew off with the big cat after he was seen on video bringing him back inside. ‘a house.
Even Tiger King star Carole Baskin has joined the hunt for India. She offered a reward of $ 5,000 to help him find him.
Eventually India was handed over to the police, with the help of Mattress Mack’s wife, Linda McIngvale, who helped organize the transfer. India was unharmed and in good health. He was taken to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas.
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In May, we were told that India is adjusting well to its new home and loves exploring the shrine.
Now, this is something that we definitely consider to be a rare sight. At least twice this year, otters have been spotted carrying out their activities in two separate neighborhoods in Houston.
The first sighting took place in September. KHOU 11 viewer David Armendariz had his camera on when he captured a frolic – yes, that’s what a flock of otters are called – otters swimming in Buffalo Bayou.
Although rare, otters definitely live along the bayou. They just do a good job hiding from people, according to Kevin Hodge, general curator of the Houston Zoo.
The second otter sighting occurred earlier this month in Baytown. A husband and wife who went fishing late at night saw an otter munching on a piece of fish near Buddy McBride’s boat launch off Highway 146.
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Alligators … everywhere
We’re starting to think of the Houston area trying to be the new Florida.
Fulshear is a city that could really compete for the “Gator Capital of America”.
In fact, alligators have become such a popular commodity in the County town of Fort Bend that it is now a ritual for a Fulshear police officer to have their picture taken with the reptile when he receives his first alligator call. … “size, of course, depending on the department.
But alligators don’t hang out in Fulshear. Nope! And some of them aren’t as lucky as those picked up by FPD agents.
In May, a driver struck a 300-pound alligator while driving 70 miles an hour on the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County.
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And then there’s that time in April when an alligator was caught napping on the Fred Hartman Bridge. Yes, you read that right. He was taking a nap.
The mystery of how the alligator got there is still unknown.
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Manatee pulled from the industrial canal
A distressed manatee was rescued from an industrial canal in Texas City earlier this month.
The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network said manatees are rarely seen in Galveston Bay, but sightings do occasionally occur, especially during the summer months. This can be dangerous for manatees in winter when the water is cold.
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Kitten stuck on the highway
Cats stuck in a tree are one thing, but what about a highway beam?
Yes, in Houston MPs and animal rescuers have been called in to rescue a kitten that got stranded on a freeway support beam along Freeway 90 near South Post Oak.
It took six hours for the orange tabby to be brought to safety. Fortunately, she only suffered minor bumps and scratches.
Snakes climb the suburbs
Snakes in Houston are commonplace. A not so desired show, but we take care of it.
In September, an air conditioning technician in Houston received a surprising welcome from a snake hanging out in a bank attic.
The technician was called to Comerica Bank on Highway 290 to change the air filters when he came face to face with what looked like a 6ft rattlesnake.
He managed to take a picture after calling the bank employees for help.
The snake blocked him for a while, and he eventually gave up his tools to get away. He eventually came back to finish the job.
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We also remember the story we told about the rat snake that sneaked into a house in Fresno. Maybe it was to escape the heat? Who knows. But the snake had a pretty good fight with the owner who eventually managed to push the snake with a broom.
The owner’s 17-year-old neighbor, who has a snake side, then moved the animal and took it to a park.
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