Two of 'Putins tigers' cross the border into China

Nov 14, 2014

Category:TigerTime General 

Above: Ustin prior to release this summer

A Russian Amur tiger named Ustin has become the second out of five cats released into the wild earlier this year to cross into China in search of food, though a third tiger was stopped before it could reach the border.

Ustin, who is tagged with a tracking device, has travelled at least six kilometers into China and is continuing to make his way away from Russia.

Ustin was one of five orphaned tigers found in the Siberian taiga two years ago and reared back to health at a reserve in the Jewish Autonomous region in faraway Siberia.

Three of the five tigers were released back into the wild by President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the region in May. One of the tigers, named Kuzya, earlier made headlines around the world when it crossed the Amur River into China, reportedly in search of food.

According to reports, Kuzya is quite happy in his new homeland due to the abundance of food on offer there. Villagers recently reported finding a boar which was believed to have been killed by the young tiger.

Meanwhile another of "Putin's tigers" - a female named Ilyona - was intercepted near the Chinese border on Tuesday.

The arrival of these tigers in China has triggered the removal of hunting traps in the area in an effort to protect the precious visitors and the TigerTime team is hopeful that Putin's tigers will continue to raise awareness and protection of Amur tigers in the region.

See what TigerTime does to protect the Amur tiger here

Read more about their release here

Source: Moscow Times

 

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