Rare Amur Tiger Cub Rescued in Russia

  • January 4, 2015

 

An orphaned Siberian tiger cub is now in the care of veterinary specialists in the Far East of Russia after being was found in a village of Khasansky district in Primorsky region. Only around 500 of the Amur – or Siberian – tigers exist in the wild, and there are fears this cub is one of three orphaned after poachers shot their mother.

Starving, the baby tiger approached a vegetable garden in the village where it was cornered by local dogs. One attacked the cub and cornered it by a fence. The owner pulled off the dog and reported the cub to wildlife experts from the Land of the Leopard national park.

They joined with experts from the Centre Amur Tiger as well as the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and, deep in the night, rushed to the site. The tiger suffered injuries from the dog attack.

Ekaterina Blidchenko, vet for the Centre Amur Tiger, said: ‘Examination of the cub showed that it is a female of around 4 months old. She was in extreme exhaustion. Currently, she is under veterinary care, and her condition is stable. The animal is eating slowly, we hope for improvement. Until then, it is too early to make any predictions about her life.’

TigerTime will keep you informed about her progress as and when we can.

Source: The Siberian Times