Tiger re­leased by Putin found in north­east China

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Kuzya, one of the three Siberian tigers freed by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in May, was spot­ted in North­east China’s Hei­longjiang prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to the head of a na­ture re­serve.

Kuzya, who was fit­ted with a GPS col­lar, was found to have crossed the Amur River into China, pos­si­bly in search of food, in Oc­to­ber. Rus­sian ex­perts had called the Chi­nese side to pro­tect the big cat after it en­tered China.

Ac­cord­ing to wild an­i­mal ex­pert Jiang Zhi, Kuzya has a good chance of sur­viv­ing in China be­cause those who kill a tiger will face a prison sen­tence of 10 years or longer, and hu­man ac­tiv­ity in the na­ture re­serve where the tiger was spot­ted has been on the de­crease in re­cent years, thanks to ef­forts made to pro­tect the en­dan­gered species .

Of­fi­cials at the Taip­ing­gou Na­ture Re­serve said they would re­lease cat­tle to feed the Rus­sian tiger if nec­es­sary.

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