March 17, 2021

A Paw-some Recovery


A Paw-some Recovery
Siberian tigers are an endangered species, so any help humans can give them goes a long way.  Andy Holmes | unsplash.com

When you think of the qualities that a Siberian tiger needs to survive, several things might come to mind: thick wooly fur, excellent speed, but perhaps most importantly, a full set of sharp claws. But unfortunately for a tiger located in Russia's far eastern territory of Primorye, the harsh climate seems to have done a number on its natural hunting tools.

Local residents of that area, noticing the injured animal, notified the Amur Tiger Center, who were able to come and rescue the poor creature. 

Upon evaluation, the Center realized that, along with other scrapes and wounds, the tiger was missing two toes on its front left paw. The lost appendages were more than likely a result of previous injuries and exposure to the cold.

In order to make sure that the tiger has the best chance of survival upon release, the center performed surgery on the big cat to make sure its ability to hunt would no longer be affected. Additionally, they will be keeping the tiger at the center for a short period of time to allow it a safe and comfortable environment in which to recover.

Members at the center are confident in the tiger's overall health and believe that the ferocious feline will make an excellent return into the forest after it has fully healed. A happy ending for all! In the meantime, maybe it could offer us a prediction or two?

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