Pavel Fomenko participated in a surgery on a wounded tigress
The tigress wounded by a poacher in Khabarovsky Province has already come through two surgeries but the experts continue to struggle for her life. Today seven vets, as well as specialists of the Hunting Department, WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Center have been fixing her hind leg with two titanium plates for several hours.
For Pavel it is still difficult to talk after the surgery on his cheek-bone and his jaw that the surgeons reconstructed and fixed with titanium plates, just like vets did today for the tigress. By an unfortunate coincidence, he has suffered from the animal he has been protecting for all his life.
Pavel Fomenko is one of the first WWF staff in the Russian Far East. Before joining WWF a game biologist by profession, worked as a researcher at the Pacific Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science. He headed the Division on Protection of the Altaisky Nature Reserve and took part in the first international research projects on the Amur tiger and Amur leopard. The Project on the Amur tiger and its habitat conservation launched since 1994 and coordinated by Pavel became the first project implemented in the Russian Far East. He was the first to tell the world about tragic fate of the Amur tiger in the time of Soviet Union collapse. And first efficient results in rare cat conservation were achieved with Pavel’s participation.
Right now Pavel is getting better. Certainly it takes time, because the injuries from the tiger are healing slowly. Pavel’s colleagues from different countries are glad that he is recovering and wish him to come back to the ranks as fast as possible.