A “conflict tiger” was released into the wild in Russia in an area called Home of the Tiger, after being successfully rehabilitated.
Amazing footage of one of the rarest tigers in the world being released back into the wild in a mountainous region in Russia’s Far East has captured the incredible survival spirit of an animal set free.
The three-year-old male Amur tiger had been labeled a “conflict tiger”. He was living in an area with limited prey, so was considered a threat.
However, after the tiger was successfully captured and collared, the government decided to give him a second chance of freedom, rather than keep him captive.
In the video, as his cage door opens, the young tiger takes an angry look around and lets out a growl. He is seen standing up, obviously unsure about whether he should leave the cage.
And then he leaps out and sprints towards the trees, as a close-up shot reveals a look of sheer joy on his face. Once out of the cage, the big cat does not even look back.
Named “Uporny”, Russian for stubborn, the youngster was captured in Khabarovsky province, where he had been eating dogs.
It was feared that this could have brought him into a potential conflict with humans.
1. In a flash, the young male tiger sprints for freedom after being released in far eastern Russia.
2. Uporny was given a general health check, including a fang inspection, at the Utyos Rehabilitation Center.
The WWF and the Amur Tiger Center, together with the Ministry of Natural Resource of Khabarovsky Province in Russia, then arranged for the big cat to be relocated back into the wild.
Before this could take place, Uporny was taken to the Utyos Rehabilitation Center, where he went through a general health check, which included an inspection of his teeth.
The tiger was also vaccinated for common diseases and specialists assessed his hunting ability and suitability for release into the wild.
3. He was vaccinated for common diseases and fed prey to assess his suitability for release into the wild.
4. The majestic big cat takes a giant leap from his cage before sprinting off into the foliage.
Once Uporny was ready to be released, he was fitted with a radio collar so he could be monitored until he is well established in his new home.
Experts will use GPS data from the collar to keep track of the cat’s location and eating habitats, in addition to tracking him on the ground. Once the collar detaches, the tiger will be tracked with camera traps.
As a bonus, a female Amur tiger has been seen nearby, so there is a chance that Uporny will breed and contribute to Russia’s recovering tiger population.
5. Named “Uporny”, Russian for stubborn, the three-year-old tiger was captured around Khabarovsky province, where he had been eating dogs and was considered a threat to humans.
6. While he gets used to his new home in the wild, experts will track his location and eating habits using GPS data sent from a lightweight collar around his neck.
Read more: WWF.
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