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Tigress who came out of the woods to seek help can be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out

By Svetlana Skarbo, Olga Gertcyk
27 May 2020

The rare predator was caught after weeks of wandering into a village in Russian Far East.

The rescued Amur tiger cub is 9 to 10 months old. Picture from a trail camera courtesy PRNCO 'Tiger Center'

The young Amur tigress was seen walking close to houses and resting for long hours in back yards of Gornovodnoye village in Primorsky district, and on a side of a motorway. 

The big cat showed no aggression, and no pets or livestock were missing, but the tiger’s presence around humans for nearly three weeks was unnerving for the residents and signalled serious health issues with the animal. The endangered animal was also an easy target for poachers. 

Experts from the regional Hunting Surveillance department hoped that mother tiger would appear, but after two weeks of air and land monitoring they concluded that the cub was orphaned and needed help. 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 
The rare predator was caught after weeks of wandering into a village in Russian Far East. Pictures: PRNCO 'Tiger Center'


The tigress was caught on 16 May and delivered to ‘Centre Tiger’ for medical  observation and temporary stay. First checkups showed that the cub had no wounds. Her complete blood count was normal, results of separate virus tests are yet to arrive. 

The cub’s weight is 54 kilogram and despite her looking quite well-fed experts believe she is quite malnourished due to issues with feeding. Her teeth hasn’t changed from milky yet and are in good condition except for two broken incisors. 

The cub’s age was identified as nine to ten months, which is half a year younger than the experts thought earlier. 

What puzzles the Centre Tiger's team is the tigress’s behaviour which continues to be nowhere near as aggressive as it should be with an Amur tiger.  

‘It’s rare to see orphaned tiger cubs in May as normally mothers don’t give up on cubs of that age. Quite likely the tigress was killed by a poacher or died from a natural cause, though it is not impossible that the cub was kept by people before it escaped or was thrown out.

'Certain strange traits in the tigress’s behaviour allow us to think that the cub could have stayed with humans’, said Sergey Aramilev, director of Amur Tiger Centre in the Far East of Russia. 

Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


Amur tigress who came out to people to seek help might be a pet who escaped owners or was thrown out 


PRNCO 'Tiger Center'
The tigress spends most of her time sleeping, the rehabilitation centre team's said. Pictures: Anna Blidchenko/PRNCO 'Tiger Center'


The latest update on the tigress’s health was received on 26 May and suggests that the she is beginning to feel better. The cub still doesn’t drink water and prefers meat broth, her digestive system seems to be working fine, but her behaviour remains unusually calm. 

‘She doesn’t even attempt to get out of the enclosure and spends her days mostly sleeping’, the Centre Tiger team said. 

After the rare cat completes all medical tests, the rehabilitation centre’s team will concentrate on her re-introduction to the wild. 

It will be possible if the tigress will show that her hunting instincts are intact and that her attitude to humans is back to being a lot more cautious. 

ORPHANED AMUR TIGRESS, videos PRNCO 'Tiger Center'


The Amur tiger is the largest of the world’s big cats. About 600 grown up animals - 95% of the world population - live in Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk regions, Amur region and the Jewish Autonomous region in the Far East of Russia. 

Some Amur tigers live in China and in North Korea. 

Next tiger census in Russia will be held in winter 2021-2022. 

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

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

Of them, 6 tigers were released into their natural habitat. Five of them 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 (133)

These Tigers are very rare now mostly due to poaching, it would be a shame to send this beautiful animal back, better to go to a reputable sanctuary .
Carolann Newgent, England
28/05/2020 14:38
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Please, please take care of this beautiful animal, she deserves a chance to live and thrive.
Mandar Manjrekar, India
28/05/2020 14:25
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She's a beautiful creature,it gives one hope to see people doing their best to help all worlds creatures.
Paul Mills, Australia
28/05/2020 14:21
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Beautiful precious cub. Thank you earth angels for taking care of her. If she was acquired as a pet, she cannot be guaranteed to be safe in the wild. Maybe a large conservation park??
Angela Holt, France
28/05/2020 14:08
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We in our family are animal lovers
After reading about the tigress' behaviour, it seems she is not destined for a life in the wild.
She may not survive there. Amur Tigers are rare, that also it is a Tigress, who must be saved to save the species.
In our opinion she may pl be rehabilitated in a zoo.
Every animal on the planet counts.
Manjula , Delhi, India
28/05/2020 13:55
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Thank you. Please post more stories about these beatiful creatures
MJ, Malaysia
28/05/2020 13:32
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Glad that you all took her in and checked her health .happy to hear she is in pretty drcent health. She has kind eyes for a wild animal. She is too comfortable with humans to be put back in the wild . She is kind and likes human contact. She is exquisite to find along with the personality to go with her, along with her breed. Please place her in a tiger sanctuary or zoo to keep her alive and to live a long life in safety. Please keep posting updates on her. She really is one in a million to find and she seems to be happy to be found and cared for by humans. Love the post and pics. She is beautiful and unique. Keep her safe! God bless you for caring! I do .
Jennifer L Lawrence, United States
28/05/2020 12:27
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Glad that you all took her in and checked her health .happy to hear she is in pretty drcent health. She has kind eyes for a wild animal. She is too comfortable with humans to be put back in the wild . She is kind and likes human contact. She is exquisite to find along with the personality to go with her, along with her breed. Please place her in a tiger sanctuary or zoo to keep her alive and to live a long life in safety. Please keep posting updates on her. She really is one in a million to find and she seems to be happy to be found and cared for by humans. Love the post and pics. She is beautiful and unique. Keep her safe! God bless you for caring! I do .
Jennifer L Lawrence, United States
28/05/2020 12:21
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She is so beautiful, thank god she is getting the help she needs and she not out there being harmed by mean, evil, selfish people. Thank you guys for taking good care of the beautiful creature she deserves too be loved. Not thrown away like trash.
Valerie Moreno, Tempe, Arizona
28/05/2020 12:19
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God made beautiful creatures. She is so young and it’s sad she is not with her mother or siblings. So heart warming to know she is being cared for by wonderful folks. ❤️
Joy, SA, TX, USA
28/05/2020 11:06
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Que preciosidad, I am very happy she's is safe God bless her and you all, Gracias
Jorge Gonzalez, New Jersey USA
28/05/2020 10:26
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She looks like she's in prison after being outside free. Hopefully they move her to a big space outside so she feels like she's in the wild.
Donna L Oakley, United States
28/05/2020 10:21
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Beautiful! I agree with others. Thank you for caring for her but please do everything you can to protect her so that she lives a long and happy life.
Kristine , Canada
28/05/2020 10:05
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I am so glad that you are giving her such wonderful care. I will donate to your cause. I pray that she doesn't not become someone's trophy. It seems as if she must have been raised by humans and they just let her go . She may never have the temperament to resume life in the wild. Maybe a zoo would take her? Good luck and God bless!
Edith Baillargeon, United States
28/05/2020 09:40
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If it's possible a tiger
Margaret Watson, England
28/05/2020 08:47
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