While stories of exotic pets tucked away in NYC apartments are nothing new, this one has a bit more bite than your average illegal non-human denizen.

Back in 2003, police investigated an apartment in Harlem after the occupant received treatment for wounds at a hospital he said were caused by a pit bull. Doctors, however, didn't buy it — and when police searched his apartment they came face-to-face with something completely unexpected: a 350- to 500-pound Bengal tiger.

"This is an only-in-New-York story," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at the time.

The amazing tale will open up the second season of Animal Planet's hit series "Fatal Attractions," which explores cases where sharing a home with animals ranging from tigers and wolves to bears and reptiles can have devastating consequences.

Police were eventually able to subdue the tiger after a sniper rappelled down the side of the apartment building and fired tranquilizer darts through an open, fifth-floor window. It was later transferred to a nature conservancy in Ohio.

Take a look at a scene from "Fatal Attractions" below. The series premiere is this Friday at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

A tiger in Harlem
Animal Planet launches season two of 'Fatal Attractions' with the amazing tale of a man who kept a large tiger in his NYC apartment.