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Loss and Liberty – the tale of Amur sisters

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The rescue of another three orphaned Amur cubs this winter has once again raised awareness of the need to step-up protection of these rare animals.

In late December a 4-month-old tiger cub was found after a farmer raised the alarm. Emaciated and searching for food she had been attacked by dogs but a group of specialists were soon at the scene to rescue her.

Following reports that three cubs had been seen together two more cubs were found in January. Sadly, their exposure to the cold and prolonged period of seperation from their mother meant that, although every effort was made to save them, they did not survival.

Despite the sad loss of her sisters and her mother, the surviving cub is doing well and is currently in an outdoor enclosure and hunting rabbits on her own.

DSWF and TigerTime have been supporting the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers to rehabilitate tiger cubs since its establishment and we hope that the young tigress will quickly recover and repeat the success story of Cinderella who was rescued as a cub and successfully returned to the wild where she is now a mother.

In April, locals gathered to choose a name for the little cub with Filippa coming out as the winner in honour of the village named Filippovka where the young predator had been found.

With two other tigers also returned to the wild in 2014 monitoring has shown that they are now in close proximity to one another and there is hope that they will soon start to breed. Funding adequate park protection for them and their forest homes and maintaining our anti-poaching work is, as ever, paramount to the ongoing survival of these precious and charismatic big cats.

Thank you to everyone who supports TigerTime – without your generous help, these rescues would not be possible.

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