Tuesday 22 August 2017

New home for Siberian tiger that terrorised Vladivostok

The tiger is released into the wild in Bikin National Park in south-eastern Russia (Amur Tiger Centre/WWF via AP)
The tiger is released into the wild in Bikin National Park in south-eastern Russia (Amur Tiger Centre/WWF via AP)

A Siberian tiger that terrorised the Russian city of Vladivostok by prowling its suburbs has been relocated to a vast national park where officials hope he will thrive.

The tiger, nicknamed Vladik, was captured in October on the edge of Vladivostok.

He was flown by helicopter on Monday to Bikin National Park, 500 kilometres (350 miles) further north.

Russia has declared Siberian, or Amur, tigers a protected species.

Only about 540 are estimated to live in the wild.

A World Wildlife Fund (WWF) video shows the tiger appearing initially bewildered when his cage was opened.

But he then leapt out with a growl, ran around the space where the helicopter landed and disappeared into the woods.

Pavel Fomenko, of the WWF, said Vladik "has little chance of wandering into urban jungles again".

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