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Премия рунета 2017

People struggling for a wounded tiger cub’s life

16 january 2017
Primorye. On Friday 13, 2017, a wounded tiger cub was found in the north of Primorsky Province. The Hunting Department has made its best to timely capture the kitten and provide him first aid.

The tiger cub was safely delivered to the Rehabilitation Center in the village of Alekseevka and given all necessary emergency treatment. The severely injured cub is a 5-7 month old male tiger. Experts carried out the examination and took biological samples for the further analyses. The animal is in a grave condition.

Later, the cub was placed into the heated quarantine box and now is being observed by the Center’s specialists round the clock. Within several hours the Hunting Department will hold the consultations on the further treatment strategy.

Examination of the accident site showed that the cub’s mother was somewhere very close and was accompanied by another cub, a sister of brother of the wounded kitten. They are alive and nothing threatens their lives.

“Unfortunately, tiger poaching is still one of the main factors threatening the Amur tiger survival in the wild. Presence of some categories of armed people in the forest all the year round allowed by the hunting legislation and the insufficient protection let the poachers shoot the rare animals”, notes Pavel Fomenko, head of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch.

“Now it is important to take all efforts to save the cub’s life, though we realize that the situation is difficult and not everything is in veterinarians’ power. We hope that the police will do its best to find the criminals. The information on the wound’s character is confidential; however, it is quite serious. The fact that the cub is still alive can be regarded a miracle”, comments Sergey Aramilev, head of the Amur Tiger Center.

The conflict resolution group of the Hunting Department is supported by WWF Russia and the Amur Tiger Center.

Pavel Fomenko, WWF Russia (on the right), together with the Hunting Department specialists examine the tiger cub's condition
© Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
The wounded tiger cub was placed to the Rehab Center in Alexeevka village
© Yulia Fomenko / WWF Russia
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