Clone of Second tiger cub arrives at Russian rehab center

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The people from the village Barabash in the Leopard Land National Park found an Amur tiger cub near the road and delivered the cub to the International Fund for Animal Welfare-supported rehabilitation facility “Center Tiger” near the village Alekseevka.

The tigress is four to five months old, emaciated, and severely underweight at 15 kilograms, half of what a tiger cub of that age should weigh. The tigress was very weak, but her temperature was normal.

She was treated with antibiotics and for the lesions she had from the ice over deep snow. Her response to care and progress over the next few days are critical to her survival.

Her stomach wasn’t empty, meaning that she managed to hunt small animals (though evidently insufficiently) before the deep snow fell. She has been eating small amounts of meat since her admittance, which is a good sign.

The tigress is very aggressive, meaning that she is strong enough to react to dangers.

She may be a sister to the one who is already at the rehab center and who was found in the same region. DNA analyses will be made to prove it.

If everything goes well, this tigress will join the previously admitted one in the open air large enclosure in the next few weeks.

Currently the orphan tiger cubs rehabilitation project is implemented by “Leopard Land” National Park, Primorye Regional Public Organization “Center Tiger”, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), and ANO “Amur Tiger” with participation of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

We will keep updating her progress on this blog.


For more information on our work with tigers visit our campaign page.

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