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Putin's Siberian tiger defects - to China

A rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has strayed into China and may be in danger.

Russia informed Chinese forestry officials that the tiger, tagged with a tracking device, was observed in a nature preserve in north-eastern China's Heilongjiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Officials were removing possible traps and setting up more than 60 cameras in hopes of locating the tiger, it said.

The Russian president was photographed in May releasing the 19-month-old cub, named Kuzya, and two other Siberian tigers in a remote part of the Amur region.

Siberian tigers have not been found before in Luobei county, where Kuzya is believed to have strayed, Xinhua said.