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Runaway tigress escapes in taiga in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky territory

September 16, 2011, 11:49 UTC+3

Tigress ruined all plans about her future lot having escaped from the cage on September 13

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VLADIVOSTOK, September 16 (Itar-Tass) — A runaway Amur tigress animal specialists have been unable to catch for three days running has once again played a trick on her chasers and escaped in the taiga.

The big cat called Roskosh (Luxury) has managed to leave her shelter some 200 meters away from her former enclosure in a wildlife sanctuary in the Spassky district of Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye territory and is heading for sparsely populated areas, trying to avoid encounters with humans, tiger inspectors said on Friday.

Specialists have decided not to chase the animal but rather follow her movements with the help of a radio collar it is wearing. If the tigress opts for a remote hunting area and does not come close to populated localities, she will be let remain in the wild. Animal specialists believe that having lived though all these mishaps the tigress will opt not to have encounters with humans for long. The also say she has good chances to survive in the taiga since she was born wild.

The two-year-old tigress was captured in June near the settlement of Roskosh (and later was named after this settlement) in the Khabarovsk territory after having attacked dogs and approaching dwelling houses. The tigress was taken to an animal shelter in the Khabarovsk territory. Specialists then said she was practically healthy. She weighed about 110 kilograms and had healthy teeth. Specialists however decided not to re-released the big cat back to the wild because of her inadequate behaviour. It was then decided to transfer her to the research institute to be used for breeding. Researched pinned great hopes on the young tigress and planned to release her cubs into the wild under the tiger rehabilitation program.

But the tigress ruined all plans about her future lot having escaped from the cage on September 13. She pushed her cage bolt back with her paw to break free. For the next three days she was hiding near the her former home in the research institute neatly sidestepping all the traps used to catch her.

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