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Wildlife experts angry and sad after rare Amur tiger is fed by motorists

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26 May 2021


About 600 adult Amur tigers - 95% of the world population - live in the regions of Primorsky, Khabarovsk, Amur regions and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia

The Amur Tiger Centre has condemned  motorists who filmed themselves feeding an adult Amur tiger they met on a drive across Primorsky region. 

The Far Eastern experts, who have spent years bringing the endangered predators back from extinction, and take a lot of measures to prevent potential conflicts between humans and tigers, said they were bitterly disappointed with the video. 

‘When will you smarten up, people? Now this appeared a good-natured step, like ‘LOL we fed a tiger’. But once a tiger understands the link between food and humans there will be screams ‘Help! Save! Tiger came to a residential settlement!’ 

‘Under other circumstances we would have used a well-known phrase by Sergey Lavrov (**** imbeciles!, The Siberian Times), but now we’ll just say that we categorically condemn such behaviour,’ the team wrote on its social media. 

There have been several conflict situations in the Far East of Russia between Amur tigers and local residents; the most recent was a local official killed by an Amur tiger. The predator had to be shot as it attempted another attack halfway through the operation which aimed to sedate and rehabilitate the animal.

Experts of the Amur Tiger Centre work very closely with local hunting and wildlife officials to prevent conflicts, and to ensure that local residents are aware of key rules of living next to the world’s biggest cat species. 

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

Some Amur tigers also live in China and in North Korea. The next tiger census in Russia will be held in winter 2021-2022. 


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 on 19 September 2012.

Comments (4)

Youtube has far too many animal abuse vids.
Random, Tokyo, Japan
10/07/2021 04:54
@Noel, Glouchester - We live in a world which (should) encourages freedom of thought and freedom of action. you have the right to your perception of things just as I have the right to my perception of things and we are all different and individuals thank heavens who can think (I hope ) for ourselves,

You forget three fundamental issues in your argument: Firstly humans are 7,79 BILLION on this over populated earth and the earth's resources are running out faster each year. There are only 600 beautiful, majestic Amur tigers on this earth.

Secondly the beautiful majestic tigers and all the beautiful majestic wildlife on this earth do not possess destructive weapons called guns to shoot each other and to shoot us. And shooting a human being or an animal who is defenseless (and cannot shoot back) is called murder.

Thirdly animals are not killing machines, like human beings with their wars, concentration camps and mass genozides, Just watch Jane Goodall and Diane Fossey's documentry films with our cousins and you will see if you have the insight that these primates have and show more love and compassion towards each other than most human beings do. To conclude the brilliant conservationist and pioneer Dr Diane Fossey was murdered by human poachers, not by her beloved majestic Gorillas.
Anonymous, Switzerland
25/06/2021 04:23
"Majestic, beautiful...murdered?!" These are terms reserved for human beings! Don't you know what that tiger would do to you if it caught you unawares in its territory? This is not a human. It does not have compassion, nor does it save starving children, or clothe the elderly, by financial donations and volunteer work. It cannot perform surgery on a cancer patient, or work in a trauma ward. It is a merciless killing machine that this generation's unfettered imagination has twisted to having a personality. And I'll say right now that if you were truly hungry for a protracted period of time, you'd find whatever excuse you needed to break into a zoo in order to kill and eat the inhabitants, like has been happening in poor Venezuela for years now. How can the animal lovers justify sneering at the hungry people of earth, only to throw money at PETA, then call upon God as if He heard you? I recommend everyone reading this to watch a film of an abortion, and witness that unborn child fight the surgical instruments, silently screaming for mercy, mercy you yourselves cannot see to provide because your love has grown twisted toward the unthinking animals. Murder is the right word, murder of thinking, loving people by this entitled generation of narcissistic sociopaths!
Noel, Glouchester
21/06/2021 08:37
As tempting as it may be to feed wildlife as these f...imbeciles did; the consequences are deadly and must be condemned.

It brought to mind the atrocities and barbaric canned hunting practices going on in France, America and South Africa where the poor animals associate humans with their food, not realizing that the human will simply shoot and murder them in the end.

Thank God this is not the case here for these majestic, beautiful and endangered Tigers; however if they are fed by motorists and associate humans with food, they run an enormous risk to end up shot and murdered by the guns of poachers.
Anonymous , Switzerland
29/05/2021 20:27

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