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Phoenix man who found tiger: 'Thought I was seeing visions'

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Herm Serrano (Source: CBS 5 News) Herm Serrano (Source: CBS 5 News)
One of the tigers found in a Valley backyard. (Source: Arizona Game & Fish Department) One of the tigers found in a Valley backyard. (Source: Arizona Game & Fish Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It all started with an odd sound. So Herm Serrano and his neighbor went to investigate.

"It's the first time I ever heard something like that," said Serrano.

At first they thought it might have been an injured animal.

"We both kept concentrating to see if we could locate the sound of the animal. Low and behold here pops out a tiger," said Serrano.

He says the tiger was perched on his neighbor's patio.

"It would go inside the large dog house probably meant for like a Great Dane. It would get on top of it, and it would sit there and look around and growl or meow or whatever it was," said Serrano.

Arizona Game and Fish removed the tiger from the west Phoenix home on New Year's Eve. Folks who live nearby told CBS 5 they had no clue the exotic pet was there.

"I did see a truck backed up with a cage in it, but you wouldn't think of it being a tiger right," said neighbor Shirley Tipton.

"I'm glad it's gone. Just because of the kids that play on the street. My own child," said neighbor Kathy Thomas.

CBS 5 spoke with the father and son who live at the house where the tiger was removed. They said it was only there for a couple days and that they were keeping it for a friend.

The search continues for the owner of the tiger along with a second animal that Game and Fish took from a home in Gilbert.

Both cats are now at Out of Africa Park in Cottonwood.

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