Another orphaned tiger cub found in Primorsky Krai

  • 28.01.2016
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Another orphaned tiger cub found in Primorsky Krai

A young female Amur tiger entered the rehabilitation center in Primorsky Krai. Experts estimate her condition as serious. Now vets are doing everything possible to save the tiger cub.

On January 27 in the evening, residents of the village of Barabash in the Khasansky district of the Primorsky Krai found a tiger cub by the road about four months old. The employees of the Land of the Leopard FGBU were informed about this, as this territory is a national park. A few hours later, the exhausted animal was delivered to the Center for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals in the Village of Alekseyevka.

According to specialists of the rehabilitation center, the tiger cub is in serious condition, most likely due to exhaustion. During the examination of the female, it was found that the stomach of the tigress was not empty, which means that she found food for herself. 

“The body temperature of the female was normal, 38 degrees, that is, not super cooled.  And the behavior of the tigress was much better than that of the tigress that came to us at the end of December 2015.  There is an assumption that they are both from the same litter. So far, she has chances to survive and undergo rehabilitation,” said Viktor Kuzmenko, director of the Center for the Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals.

To establish kinship tiger experts will conduct genetic tests. Employees do not exclude that in the future both tiger will be kneaded in one aviary.

“There is a possibility that the found tiger cub is the sister of two tigers previously found, one of which, unfortunately, could not be saved. In any case, the last word is for geneticists, before their conclusion is all nothing more than assumptions. If the fact of kinship is confirmed, then, apparently, this tiger cub was more successful than his sisters, and before the snow fell, he probably hunted hares successfully or was content with the remains of the victims of other predators. Of course, deep snow became an obstacle for him, as it was difficult for him to move around, he spent a lot of energy, and there was nothing to fill,” commented Sergey Aramilev, director of the Primorsky branch of the Amur Tiger Center. “The Amur Tiger Center, as in the case of the first tiger cub, will bear the cost of its nutrition and treatment.”

The tigress who arrived yesterday was given first aid. She was also fed meat in small portions - the tigress had an appetite. Now the female is in the heated quarantine block of the rehabilitation center. 

The veterinarians of the Primorsky Agricultural Academy, who have extensive experience in assisting exhausted animals, including Amur tigers, also participated in the inspection of the tigress. Based on the survey results, the tigress were given the necessary recommendations. Veterinarians continue to monitor the health of the young female.

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