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Putin frees three endangered Siberian tiger orphans into the wild

By The Siberian Times reporter
23 May 2014

The Amur cubs were specially trained to cope after being raised in Zhelundinsky Nature Reserve.

The Amur tiger remains endangered, but conservationists are proud of efforts to assist their survival. Picture: NTV.ru

The males Kuzya and Borya rushed out of their cages to discover freedom, but female Ilona was more reluctant to leave her familiar surroundings.

Even a crane tipping her cage failed to budge the creature as she dug in her claws. 

The Russian president suggested allowing the female to leave in her own time.  

All three were orphaned in 2012 when their mothers were shot by illegal poachers, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which helped organise what it called the largest-ever release of rehabilitated Amur tigers. 

The Amur tiger remains endangered, but conservationists are proud of efforts to assist their survival. 

Putin frees three endangered Siberian tiger orphans into the wild


Putin frees three endangered Siberian tiger orphans into the wild


Putin frees three endangered Siberian tiger orphans into the wild

The males Kuzya and Borya rushed out of their cages to discover freedom. Pictures: Phoenix foundation

Vitaliy Timchenko, head of the Russian Ministry of Environment, said: 'The tigers successfully went through a course of wildlife survival training.

'We will keep an eye on them for a year. Each has a collar fitted  with a satellite chip. The collars are programmed to unlock in 12 months time.'

There are an estimated 360 tigers in the wilds of Russia, down from more than 400 at the turn of the century.

The threat to them is blamed on poaching, logging, wildfires and a shrinkage in the population of the hoofed animals they prey upon.  

But there are no unprecedented efforts in both Russia and China to aid their survival in the wild, and crackdown on illegal hunting. 

Before their release, the three tigers were trained to hunt using rabbits and small semi-wild animals. 

As they grew, they began hunting for large ungulates.

Comments (6)

I admire Mr. Putins conservation effort and how he understands the tiger. I hope that the beautiful tigers stay safe .
terik, New Jersey , USA
27/11/2014 07:38
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Nice creature! Darz bor!
R. K., Poland
31/10/2014 14:11
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About Chinese who use tiger body parts for moronic purposes. I hope their penis shrivels and falls off. I hope they develop the drisseling runs. I hope poacher are caught, chased down, and they have their penis cut off. I think that would be a successful deterrant.
Janis Schmidt, Warwick, ND USA
08/10/2014 08:20
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hey, only i can have the name carol!!! just kidding. i guess someone in england has something in common with someone in the rocky mountains. i really like the collars that break free after twelve months. nice addition. i like to think that i am one quarter siberian. my great grandmother came across the bering strait to marry a russian man in alaska between 1900 and 1910. where might she have come from? what kind of russian woman would leave their home for a hard life in alaska. anyway, her daughter, my grandmother, was a very special lady. she was well respected and helped alot of people even though she became well off with the marriage to my grandfather. can anybody help me find where she came from?
carol, taos
01/06/2014 20:18
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Mr. Putin's advice was correct. Perhaps he owns a cat. He knows that a cat will do what it wants to, when it wants to...and cannot be successfully coerced. We have Amur tigers here at the Minnesota zoo. It is a most magnificent animal and I applaud the efforts to protect and restore it to the wild.
Robert Brown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
25/05/2014 22:23
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Amazing! the siberian tiger,what a beautiful creature, thank god there are people helping them,what a pleasure to see.
carol, great britain
23/05/2014 21:03
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