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Tigress who came out of the woods to seek help can be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out

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27 May 2020


The rescued Amur tiger cub is 9 to 10 months old. Picture from a trail camera courtesy PRNCO 'Tiger Center'

The young Amur tigress was seen walking close to houses and resting for long hours in back yards of Gornovodnoye village in Primorsky district, and on a side of a motorway. 

The big cat showed no aggression, and no pets or livestock were missing, but the tiger’s presence around humans for nearly three weeks was unnerving for the residents and signalled serious health issues with the animal. The endangered animal was also an easy target for poachers. 

Experts from the regional Hunting Surveillance department hoped that mother tiger would appear, but after two weeks of air and land monitoring they concluded that the cub was orphaned and needed help. 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 
The rare predator was caught after weeks of wandering into a village in Russian Far East. Pictures: PRNCO 'Tiger Center'

The tigress was caught on 16 May and delivered to ‘Centre Tiger’ for medical  observation and temporary stay. First checkups showed that the cub had no wounds. Her complete blood count was normal, results of separate virus tests are yet to arrive. 

The cub’s weight is 54 kilogram and despite her looking quite well-fed experts believe she is quite malnourished due to issues with feeding. Her teeth hasn’t changed from milky yet and are in good condition except for two broken incisors. 

The cub’s age was identified as nine to ten months, which is half a year younger than the experts thought earlier. 

What puzzles the Centre Tiger's team is the tigress’s behaviour which continues to be nowhere near as aggressive as it should be with an Amur tiger.  

‘It’s rare to see orphaned tiger cubs in May as normally mothers don’t give up on cubs of that age. Quite likely the tigress was killed by a poacher or died from a natural cause, though it is not impossible that the cub was kept by people before it escaped or was thrown out.

'Certain strange traits in the tigress’s behaviour allow us to think that the cub could have stayed with humans’, said Sergey Aramilev, director of Amur Tiger Centre in the Far East of Russia. 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 

PRNCO 'Tiger Center'
The tigress spends most of her time sleeping, the rehabilitation centre team's said. Pictures: Anna Blidchenko/PRNCO 'Tiger Center'

The latest update on the tigress’s health was received on 26 May and suggests that the she is beginning to feel better. The cub still doesn’t drink water and prefers meat broth, her digestive system seems to be working fine, but her behaviour remains unusually calm. 

‘She doesn’t even attempt to get out of the enclosure and spends her days mostly sleeping’, the Centre Tiger team said. 

After the rare cat completes all medical tests, the rehabilitation centre’s team will concentrate on her re-introduction to the wild. 

It will be possible if the tigress will show that her hunting instincts are intact and that her attitude to humans is back to being a lot more cautious. 


The Amur tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats. About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world population - live in Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk regions, Amur region and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

Some Amur tigers live in China and in North Korea. 

Next tiger census in Russia will be held in winter 2021-2022. 


Team of  PRNCO 'Tiger Center' have rehabilitated 7 tigers and 1 African lion.

Of them, 6 tigers were released into their natural habitat. Five of them became fully adapted to life in the wild.

The first female Zolushka (Cinderella), which had passed the full course of rehabilitation, was observed with two cubs in December 2015. The tigers Svetlaya (Bright) and Boris, released in 2014, formed a couple. 

The Centre was founded September 19, 2012.

Comments (135)

Kudos to all hard workers at the Centre Tiger! She is beyond-GORGEOUS, but looks too accustomed and relaxed around humans to be rehabilitated. God bless your work - so hope that she can be indeed returned to the wild!
Svetlana-Valerie Morozova, Canada
14/11/2020 10:40
Is there a contact address where money could be sent?
Perhaps an Ecotourism site visit could be organised where tourists can see these and other beautiful Siberian animals. I,m sure that many tourists from NZ will visit Siberia post the dreadful virus. I,d also like to see some real cultural events too.

Garry, New Zealand
16/08/2020 03:28
Loads of big Amur Tiger hugs to Mr Sergey Aramilev and his dedicated team at the Tiger Centre for once again rescuing and assisting one of these majestic creatures...

She is simply stunning, a really gorgeous and darling little lady (with all her posing for the cameras, she knows it too!!!). She would make a perfect mascot for supporting your PRNCO Tiger Centre campaign, giving her loving and tender nature.
Anonymous, Switzerland
01/06/2020 23:36
To the guy who implied U.S. Law enforcement is issued ak-47s....No U.S. law.enforcement in issued ak-47s. We simply dont use Russian guns in american law enforcement, we tend to support our own firearm manufacturers rather than buy designs that russian doesnt.even produce anymore

Nick Lococo, Who cares, USA
30/05/2020 11:38
Everyone says send to the US. Their is plenty big cat sanctuary for them.aybe Joe excotic can keep her. The Russians do a brilliant job and will do what is best for her and the breed. Great work guys
Scott, Australia
30/05/2020 05:32
Maybe she's just a rare unusual tiger that just plain isn't aggressive and never will be, it's rare but in the wild you get goof ball's, she should be checked out to sif because of her natural personality she may be a ambassador for a nature preserve, the friendly tiger.
Philip, Simsbury Connecticut
30/05/2020 05:06
I hope someone will come and care her.
Sooraj, India
30/05/2020 04:44
Clean up the forest and let her go back to wildlife so she can live free and not in 20×20 caged area with people screaming at her. She needs to live like she was born.❤
Hana Kinnett , United States
30/05/2020 03:20
Aaaaw look at this big ass tigress behaving like an indoor house kitty!! I'm glad she's ok, I hope they're able to release her into her natural habitat again!
Dj Mac, SF, California
30/05/2020 02:11
Wat a beatifull Creature ❤ who would want to harm these beautifull Animals people need to leave these animals alone let them live there life in the wild were they belong ... Such a Precious Bby Girl. I hope she lives a long life ..
Carolina Dijar, Caldwell Idaho
30/05/2020 00:07
She looks so intelligent, and it's almost as if she was taking a selfie to ask for help.
Vick, Dallas, Texas USA
29/05/2020 23:43
Kudos To Forward Thinking In The Russian Federation. And Here In The USA Where Exotic Animals Flourish And Perish. A Dart Gun Loaded With Sleep Medication Is What ALL Law Enforcers Should Have ON BOARD; Instead Of The Standard Issue AK~47.
Leighth, USA
29/05/2020 22:52
please don't put her back in the wild she won't be able to defend herself
Reds, uk
29/05/2020 22:07
What a beauty of Momma Nature. This situation certainly sounds more like an unwanted pet case, where the “exotic pet” got too big for the space and the decision came to get rid of it. It’s cruel and ignorant. But I’m happy this cutie is alive and healthy, my only concern is the fact that she’s a target for poachers. Why not take her to a Sanctuary so she can stay alive and healthy, and as a female that she is, help to the keeping of the species by bringing more babies into the world!!! There is no human created rehab that will teach her the survival skills only her mother could teach her. The odds are stacked against her. She belongs in a sanctuary where she can be kept alive and healthy. Let’s not wait for these beauties to be almost extinct to do something about it. The moment to take action IS NOW that we still have them alive, genetically varied and healthy. My heart goes out to this beautiful species.
Caroline, Bronx, New York
29/05/2020 20:13
Very sad. I'm very happy to know somebody caring for her and hopefully she'll have a good life
Joann Klein-Butler, Florida-USA
29/05/2020 18:59

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