Anthony Shannon took a juvenile horn shark from a petting tank at the San Antonio Aquarium.

Newser reports that the 38-year-old insists it was “an emergency,” according to KENS-TV.

“I knew it would gain a lot of strength being in a proper environment,"

Shannon said, referring to a large tank in his garage.

Police eventually found the 16-inch-long shark in his garage, resulting in a felony theft charge.

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