Tiger Will Call Russian Sanctuary Home
August 4, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (UPI) — Wildlife officials in Russia’s Far East say a Siberian tiger that attacked dogs has been captured and will be transferred to a local private wildlife sanctuary.
The female Siberian, or Amur, tiger was caught by animal inspectors following attacks on several dogs in villages in the Khabarovsk Territory, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.
The animal, given the name Roskosh, was taken to an animal shelter while officials pondered her fate.
“We originally planned to re-release Roskosh into the wild,” Eduard Kruglov, head of the shelter, said.
But the decision was made to send the animal to a wildlife sanctuary.
“Roskosh is a large and healthy tigress,” Kruglov said. “Environmentalists hope this will help preserve the population of this rare type of animal.”
In 2010, only 450 of the endangered tigers were left in the region of Russian’s Far East.