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14 June


In the Primorsky territory, the life of a wounded tiger cub was saved

Traumatologists were able to restore the motor function of the damaged paw of the animal

Photo: Amur tiger

/NOVOSTIVL/ Surgeons of one of the Vladivostok clinics performed a series of operations on the injured paw of a wounded Amur tiger cub taken from the wild in the North of the Primorsky territory. Thus, they were able to restore the animal's motor function, the press service of the Amur tiger Center reported on Wednesday.

"Traumatologists of the Vladivostok clinical hospital No. 2, having carried out two surgical operations on the injured limb, not only prevented its amputation, but also for the first time in the world for wild tigers ensured the restoration of motor function," the report says.

Inspectors of the hunting supervision of the Primorsky territory found a one-and-a-half-year-old tiger cub in a forest along bloodied tracks on the side of the road. The emaciated animal was found to have serious injuries to its forelimbs and other wounds. The tiger cub was promptly taken to the rehabilitation center for rare animals, where they provided first aid and conducted an x-ray examination. Doctors then performed two hours-long operations to restore the function of the damaged paw, without which the predator will not survive in the wild.

"It is reliably established that the tiger cub received injuries from the claws and fangs of an adult tiger. If the injuries inflicted by the claws were not life-threatening, then multiple fractures of the bones of the right forelimb doomed the tiger cub to imminent death, "the report quotes the comment of the General Director of the Amur tiger Center Sergey Aramilev.

The operated tiger cub was nicknamed Wolverine for the rapid regeneration of muscle and bone tissue, as well as the presence of metal plates and spokes in the paw. Experts note the rapid recovery of the animal and its possible return to the wild after treatment and rehabilitation. Earlier, in 2015 and 2018, specialists were unable to save tigers with similar injuries.

The Amur tiger is one of the rarest subspecies of the tiger, listed in the International Red book. According to the latest data, 550-580 individuals of this predator live in the regions of the far Eastern Federal district - 95% of its world population.