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Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East

By The Siberian Times reporter
26 October 2021

Mother tigress was trying to free the cub’s paw until the moment people arrived.

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East. Picture: Amur Tiger Centre

A female cub aged between three and four months old got one of its paws caught in an illegal trap, set by poachers to catch badgers in the woods of the Dalnerechensky district of Primorsky region.  

Luckily a local resident noticed the trapped cub, and reported it to wildlife protection authorities.

The site where the cub was found was a ‘badger town’, a multi-level system of badger holes and tunnels with 11 traps - prohibited by Russian hunting rules -  set all around it.

Traces of the mother tiger were all around the site, rescuers said. 

The adult tigress must have been trying to help the cub, and only left the site when she heard people coming. 

She stayed nearby all the time, not attacking the humans freeing her cub.

‘It must have been a child-like curiosity that led the cub to follow the mother and to check badger holes. It couldn’t get out of the trap by itself, and mother was just as powerless. We knew that the mother tigress stayed close all the time, so we acted as fast and as carefully as we possibly could not to provoke ann attack,’ said Sergey Aramilev, general director of the Amur Tiger Center. 

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East


Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East

Female cub of Amur tiger, the world’s biggest cat, rescued from poachers trap in Russian Far East. Pictures: Amur Tiger Centre 

The team of local wildlife protection experts sedated the young tigress and released her paw.

The trap pulled off  one of the front claws, causing minor injuries - most likely the cub got them when trying to free herself.

No health or life-threatening wounds were found, so the rescuers decided to leave the Amur tigress in the wild.

‘We are certain that the cub has already joined its mother, and that it will be more cautious in the future. We received the information just in time to be able to save its life. The longer she was in the trap, the more trauma she could inflict on herself while trying to get free. Under the most unfavourable scenario, the predator could have died from dehydration,’ Sergey Aramilev said. 

The Amur tiger is the world’s largest big cat. 

About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world population - live in Primorsky and Khabarovsk regions, the Amur region and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

Some Amur tigers live in China and in North Korea. The next tiger census in Russia is due in winter 2021-2022.

SUPPORT THE TEAM THAT HELPS ENDANGERED AMUR TIGERS IN RUSSIA AND SUCCESSFULLY REINTRODUCES THEM BACK TO NATURE  

The team of PRNCO 'Tiger Center' have rehabilitated 7 tigers and 1 African lion.

Of them, 6 tigers were released into their natural habitat. Five became fully adapted to life in the wild.

The first female Zolushka (Cinderella), which had passed the full course of rehabilitation, was observed with two cubs in December 2015. The tigers Svetlaya (Bright) and Boris, released in 2014, formed a couple. 

The Centre was founded September 19, 2012.

Comments (35)

Thank you Lord Jesus for the good hearts of this beautiful animal's rescuers. They acted with compassion and commonsense. Thanks also to the SIBERIAN authorities and the rescue organisation for being there and caring for the wildlife. What a world this would be without wildlife and without compassionate human beings, such as these.rescuers. I hope those responsible for this animal's suffering, will think long and hard about what they have done.
Robert Smith, United Kingdom
29/10/2021 17:08
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My heart goes out to all of the wildlife that man continues to destroy. They don't care about how they are destroying the beauty of this world at all. I think we should put their hands or feet in a trap and leave them to suffer for days. I bet then they would change their views on the matter.
Deborah P Allen, United States
29/10/2021 15:32
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If I had my way I'd do to any trappers caught the exact same thing they're doing to all these beautiful creatures, they won't stop till they're all gone, extinct apart from those caught and put in places to try and keep them safe but not free it just makes me so angry and also helpless that we can't persuade those responsible it's wrong so those who can and do help THANK YOU.
Anne, Luton, Bedfordshire
29/10/2021 12:16
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Thank you for saving the and for all the work you do to protect the magnificent Amur Tigers.
Barry Herrero, Albuquerque New Mexico USA
29/10/2021 12:10
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What a wonderful rescue, thank you to all the participants especially to the villager who called the Wildlife folks enabling this rescue to happen.
Jacqueline Breen, Tucson Arizona
29/10/2021 10:26
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What a wonderful rescue, thank you to all the participants especially to the villager who called the Wildlife folks enabling this rescue to happen.
Jacqueline Breen , Tucson Arizona
29/10/2021 10:22
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This is a wonderful outcome. God bless you all for helping this young tiger and her mother and the rest of the cats you helped. Karen
Karen Doane, Kennebunk, Maine. USA
29/10/2021 09:56
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Thankyou so much for your quick reaction in saving this beautiful baby girl! I'm so happy you were able to help her! Sad these jetks are setting these traps in the first place...just hope they are fined & / or these traps removed asap! They are horrible for any innocent animal. Thankyou again.
Sandra Zielke , Oswego, U.S.
29/10/2021 08:24
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This is great to see. Thank you
Erik, North Carolina/US
29/10/2021 08:12
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Bravo aux sauveteurs ! Longue vie à ce si bel animal Brigitte Cwikula
Cwikula, Paris/France
29/10/2021 07:34
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Can’t people leave these beautiful precious cats alone these people should be prosecuted
Suzie Busch, Muscatine
29/10/2021 06:49
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I'm so glad someone came along quickly and rescued and released her. Kudos and profound gratitude to gratitude to all involved.
Martha J Kratz, United States
29/10/2021 06:31
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I'm glad they got to the cub in time. Its a shame people put out these traps anyway knowing it's not legal.
Danielle, USA
29/10/2021 06:21
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These badger traps should be banned.
Ali Patterson, United Kingdom
29/10/2021 05:40
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I was very glad to hear the cub was OK and happy the men were there to free her unharmed. I am against trapping and find it inhumane it's a terrible way for an animal to die.
Sarah gunnell, Watertown/USA
29/10/2021 05:25
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