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Russia: Amur tiger cub loses fight for life
Vets failed in a ten-day attempt to save a badly injured Siberian tiger whose plight was reported around the world after she was shot. The animal was the second to be gunned down in recent weeks.
Amur tigers are an endangered species and the loss is a blow to conservation efforts.
Vets sought to repair her shattered legs by using pins and plates but said the tiger faced a battle of life and death after being shot by a local farmer in Primoskiy region.
The man who shot the cub with an illegally-held shotgun was identified as Roman Makovey, 62, who has a smallholding close to where he came across the tiger.
He claimed he shot because he believed the tiger was preparing to attack him as he went on the trail of wild boar damaging his field of soybean, oats, and pumpkin.
... The investigation is continuing, as is the search for the tiger's mother, which should have been in the same area as the cub - but so far there is no trace. A fear is that hunters killed the mother.
Sergei Aramilev, director of the Primorye branch of the Amur Tiger Centre said: 'Despite all our efforts, the tiger could not survive. For all of us it is a great loss.' Given the injuries it would have taken a 'miracle', he said.
Image: Vets failed in a 10-day attempt to save a badly injured Siberian tiger whose plight was reported around the world after she was shot (c) Amur Tiger Centre, Ilya Medvedev ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago ·
Very encouraging to see this kind of international co-operation and intelligence-sharing ...
'Vietnam: Eight tonnes of smuggled wildlife products seized - ivory, rhino horn & pangolin scales'
DA NANG (VNS) — Nearly eight tonnes of smuggled ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales were discovered after a two-week investigation, deputy head of the central region's anti-smuggling team Pham Van Thien said today.
He told Viet Nam News the investigation was jointly conducted by the investigation agency under the General Department of Customs, the public security ministry's anti-smuggling police, Border Guard Force and the central city's port administration.
"We have completed the investigation and examination of the largest amount of wildlife products smuggled via ships at the central city's Tien Sa Port," Thien said, after the final examination of the smuggled goods.
"It's one of the largest amounts of ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales smuggled via ships that we have discovered in Viet Nam. The goods were disguised as ‘marble, wood and small red beans' in five 20ft containers in ships from Mozambique, Nigeria and Malaysia's Pasir Gudang.
"We had trailed the shipment with information provided by anti-smuggling forces from different countries in the region, and police and border guard forces in the central city," Thien said.
Full story at vietnamnews.vn/environment/275067/eight-tonnes-of-smuggled-wildlife-products-seized.html
#Vietnam #elephants #ivory #rhino #pangolins
Image: Seizing illegal wildlife products, Vietnam (c) Cong Thanh, via vietnamnews.vn ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago ·