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Operation on saving Amur tiger cubs completed in Primorye

05 december 2012
The third orphaned tiger cub has been caught by the rangers in the central Primorsky Province on December 5. WWF has provided funds for the rescue operation.

The cub appears to be a male, extremely undernourished. Right now it is getting infusions of glucose and other stuff to restore strength.

Thus, the entire Amur tiger litter, two young males and one female, doomed to an imminent death are now being taking care of by people. Local vets are trying to cure the animals. All three kittens will be transported to the temporary wild animals care center.

Let us brief you on the beginning of the story.

On November 27, three Amur tiger cubs approached one of the military units in the central Primorye in an attempt to hunt a dog but were scared away by the watchman. The information was reported to the Primorsky Province Hunting Department. The behavior of the kittens and research of the area proved the tigress absence. On November 30 and December 2, rangers of the Department caught the 4-5 months old animals. It is rather challenging to find and catch tiger kittens scattered in the taiga when it is constantly snowing. But thanks to the prompt actions of the Hunting Department staff and assistance of WCS experts the cubs have been rescued.

“There are two scenarios for the cubs’ future: to spend all their lives in the zoos, circuses or to be released into the wild after rehabilitation in a center, comments Sergei Aramilev, PhD., biodiversity conservation program coordinator at WWF Russia Amur branch. We clearly understand that only saving each tiger we can save the while population therefore, we value life each tiger’s life.”

“Right away it is important to start rehabilitation in a proper way which implies complete isolation from people, maintenance of fear of humans, teaching hunting technics and as a result a release into the wild. WWF always provides money for such programs. We are ready to proceed to fund rehabilitation efforts.”

“But there are certain difficulties in going this way. We have been raising the issue of orphaned tiger cubs release into the wild since the ninetieth but the government has not given any decision yet leaving the topic to be discussed by the grassroots and scientific organizations. Today there are several centers in Primorsky and Khabarovsky Provinces where tiger cubs can be temporally kept but all centers can only cure animals and not adequately train them. In fact today we have no governmental rehab center of a desired level, infrastructure, funding and qualified staff.”