After killing 15 Chinese goats, Putin's tiger 'Kuzya' back in Russia
Moscow/Beijing: After ravaging 15 goats in China, Russian President Vladimir Putin's Siberian tiger, has returned to his homeland.
According to reports, Kuzya, one of three tigers released into the wild by Putin in May this year, and had reached China in October.
Zhang Minghai, the vice director of the Feline Research Centre at China's State Forestry Administration, was quoted as saying by AFP, "Kuzya is very likely to visit China again as it marked the areas he visited with his urine, designating his 'territory'."
Earlier, Putin's another tiger- Ustin had prowled over 18 Chinese goats.
Putin has five tigers- Kuzya, Ustin, Svetlaya, Borya and Ilona. Due to the starving conditions in the Russian snow forests, the endangered felines were released into the wild, after being taught to hunt.
Kuzya had entered the Chinese territory and was detected in November, several hundred meters away from the Sino-Russian border river in the Taipinggou nature reserve, according to a GPS tracking device on the tiger, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Kuzya is very likely to visit China again as it marked the areas he visited.
Earlier reports said that the tiger was moving southward and may spend the winter in China.
After analysing the GPS data, the experts concluded that Kuzya was walking along the bank of the Heilongjiang River this week, possibly seeking a chance to return to Russia.
The big cat had swam across the border river from Russia to China in October.
Fewer than 500 Siberian tigers remain in the wild, mainly in eastern Russia, northeast China and northern parts of the Korean Peninsula.
China puts its own number of wild Siberian tigers between 18 and 22, mostly living in the border areas.