VLADIVOSTOK, January 10 (Itar-Tass) – Ecologists of northern Primorye saved a tiger cub from starvation in taiga, the press service of the regional administration told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The cub was found too famished close to a village in the Pozharsky district, but remains in a satisfactory condition to be sent the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of the Khabarovsk Territory.
The region’s hunt control service received the information about four baby tigers found close to a village several days ago. During a week small beasts made runs into the village and attacked two dogs. A special group of ecologists came to the area, where the cubs were noticed. They found out that three cubs went to the Khabarovsk territory and another one remained near the village.
The search for the tigress yielded no results and it was decided to catch the cub.
This has already been the second case this winter, when orphaned cubs were found in taiga of the Primorsky territory. In early December three baby tigers aged around six months were caught in the region’s Yakovlev district. Left without mother the cubs entered a military division located 8 kilometers from the village of Yakovlevka and tried to attack a dog, but people frightened them away. At present, they are kept at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of the Primorsky Territory.
About 450-500 species of Amur tiger inhabit the Primorsky and Khabarovsk territories.
Tigresses look after their cubs for 24 months. Every winter when tigresses with cubs become vulnerable to poaching, ecologists find orphaned baby tigers. Over the past five years ecologies had saved ten cubs, most of them were taken to zoos.