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Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 October 2021

Mother tigress was trying to free the cub’s paw until the moment people arrived.

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East. Picture: Amur Tiger Centre

A female cub aged between three and four months old got one of its paws caught in an illegal trap, set by poachers to catch badgers in the woods of the Dalnerechensky district of Primorsky region.  

Luckily a local resident noticed the trapped cub, and reported it to wildlife protection authorities.

The site where the cub was found was a ‘badger town’, a multi-level system of badger holes and tunnels with 11 traps - prohibited by Russian hunting rules -  set all around it.

Traces of the mother tiger were all around the site, rescuers said. 

The adult tigress must have been trying to help the cub, and only left the site when she heard people coming. 

She stayed nearby all the time, not attacking the humans freeing her cub.

‘It must have been a child-like curiosity that led the cub to follow the mother and to check badger holes. It couldn’t get out of the trap by itself, and mother was just as powerless. We knew that the mother tigress stayed close all the time, so we acted as fast and as carefully as we possibly could not to provoke ann attack,’ said Sergey Aramilev, general director of the Amur Tiger Center. 

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East. Pictures: Amur Tiger Centre 

The team of local wildlife protection experts sedated the young tigress and released her paw.

The trap pulled off  one of the front claws, causing minor injuries - most likely the cub got them when trying to free herself.

No health or life-threatening wounds were found, so the rescuers decided to leave the Amur tigress in the wild.

‘We are certain that the cub has already joined its mother, and that it will be more cautious in the future. We received the information just in time to be able to save its life. The longer she was in the trap, the more trauma she could inflict on herself while trying to get free. Under the most unfavourable scenario, the predator could have died from dehydration,’ Sergey Aramilev said. 

The Amur tiger is the world’s largest big cat. 

About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world population - live in Primorsky and Khabarovsk regions, the Amur region and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

Some Amur tigers live in China and in North Korea. The next tiger census in Russia is due in winter 2021-2022.

SUPPORT THE TEAM THAT HELPS ENDANGERED AMUR TIGERS IN RUSSIA AND SUCCESSFULLY REINTRODUCES THEM BACK TO NATURE  

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

Of them, 6 tigers were released into their natural habitat. Five 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 (35)

Thanks to you all for this rescue you are commended for your bravery and professionalism
Melvin L. Greene, United States
29/10/2021 03:49
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May God bless you, for helping little baby tiger, such an incredible creature, thank youuu from all of us, and thank you for this magnificent cause.
Danny Cifuentes, Miami, FL, USA
29/10/2021 03:43
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These rescuers are awesome! The cub & mama thank you❤️
Danielle, British Columbia
28/10/2021 20:57
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These rescuers are awesome! The cub & mama thank you❤️
Danielle, British Columbia
28/10/2021 20:56
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- chapeau- to all people involved there!!!!!!! while well knowing the -mother tigress - was nearby.
Benedikt MORAK, Russia
27/10/2021 10:32
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