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Rare tiger cub 'shot by loggers' at point blank range in eastern Russia

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 August 2015

Endangered Amur tigers are protected under President Vladimir Putin's special project.

'We saw a logging Kamaz [truck] three kilometres away and think the tiger was killed by loggers because they were the only people in the area.' Picture: Yury Zolotarev

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Tourists found the dead tiger cub last week in Khabarovsk region and reported several days later  that the rare creature had been shot at close range. Cyclists said the body of the Amur tiger - one of only 500 or so still living in the wild - was still warm when they saw it. 

They had no phones to report the incident immediately and left the site fearing the cub's mother could be nearby and attack them.

'The cub must have been learning to hunt and jumped out onto the road. People who saw it must have been taken by surprise and fired shots,' said a man called Yevgeny, cited as a witness, told Kommersant daily.

Amur tiger cub shot


Amur tiger cub shot


Amur tiger cub shot

'The cub must have been learning to hunt and jumped out onto the road. People who saw it must have been taken by surprise and fired shots.' Pictures: Yury Zolotarev, Mikhail Stal

'We saw a logging Kamaz [truck] three kilometres away and think the tiger was killed by loggers because they were the only people in the area. Although, of course, it might have been killed by poachers.'

They returned next day to the scene but could not find the tiger's body: it had disappeared. 

President Putin has led a wildlife campaign to save the tiger, and new laws have significantly tightened penalties for killing the animal by poachers and others.

Numbers of the Amur tiger in the wild are now increasing both in Russia and neighbouring China, say experts. 

Comments (18)

Why,someone,should kill,such a magical creature.So sad...I am so sorry.Shame,for the human race.
elena stoyanova, uk
04/08/2015 07:51
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Inaceitável vermos animais sendo mortos de maneira tão banal e sem sentido. Unacceptable seeing animals like this one being killed so banal and in a meaningless way. Недопустимые видя животных убивают так банально и бессмысленным способом.
Tarso Fernando Cassol, Florianopolis, S.C., Brasil
04/08/2015 03:50
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Very important to protect this beautiful animal and other. The fina Worldchampionship 2015 offical mascot in Kazan are snows leopards name " Itil and Alsu" .There are cute , I love them .Its a good symbol and important to know the iconic animals which live in Russia.
Jocelyne, FRANCE
03/08/2015 16:51
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