Siberian tiger shot and butchered by ‘monsters for use in Chinese medicine’

Siberian tiger shot and butchered by ‘monsters for use in Chinese medicine’

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Animal rescuers have been devastated to learn a giant tiger they released back in to the wild a year ago has been butchered by .

Male big cat Pavlik – an , which is one of the largest and most endangered tiger in the world – had been rescued as a cub and reared to survive in the wild.

The tiger, and his sister Elena, were reared by animal rescuers before being released into the wild in May 2019 (Image: Amur tiger centre)

But the animal – also known as a – was shot dead by poachers in eastern Russia near the Chinese border.

It has been reported the big cat’s head and paws were cut off – likely to trade as parts for Chinese medicine or ask an aphrodisiac.

Pavlov was only one of around 300 male riders left alive in their natural habitat in eastern Russia.

His death was discovered when the GPS signal from his collar cut out.

Governor of Amur region Vasily Orlov said: “Monsters killed Amur tiger Pavlik who was released into the wild one year ago.

“What an awful case.

“I will seek the most severe punishment for those responsible. They won’t get away with it.”

Police are now hunting the poachers – who could be jailed for as long as four years if found guilty.

Pavliv and his sister, Elena, were only released into the wild in May last year after originally being rescued in February 2018.

Scientists tracking Pavlik were distressed to find his headless and pawless body a year and a half after his release (Image: Amur tiger centre)

The cubs and their mother were traced after they began hunting pet dogs in a village called Aleksey-Nikolskoye.

Scientists who were tracking Pavlik after his release were impressed to see him traversing large areas including crossing in to China and swimming across the Amur River and the Bureya Reservoir.

Hypothesising about his death, Shanghai based expert on , Zhang Li, said: “The idea that tiger parts, including meat, bones, teeth, paws and eyes have magical aphrodisiac functions might be purely based on the tiger’s powerful image in traditional Chinese society.”

This article was first published by The Daily Star on 27 September 2020. Lead Image: Pavlik the Amur Tiger was killed and butchered by poachers (Image: Amur tiger centre).

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Rod Anaforian

China’s horrific impact on wildlife and the environment is ignored by international media. Why? The CCP are self-declared international environmental gangsters and should be confronted in every international forum!

Jo McMillan

Rod Anaforian AGREED !!!

Janet Kenedy

Well Said!

Kim Bourke

Human detritus.
by refusing all TCM (traditional medicine products & treatments).
No customers, no money in killing these magnificent animals.

Michele Jankelow
Michele Jankelow

There are not enough words to describe the atrocities that people do like this! What is wrong with people? How low has the human race sunk! What an atrocious species we are to do this. Can one imagine the pain that this tiger went through!

Jeanelle Todd Coutelle

How can people sink so low as to do this for Chinese medicine..they say..but the claims to these false myths are unfounded. There is no proof these so called medicine is not passed by any drug companies to say parts from tigers actually prove beneficial. So now one less tiger. Just sickning to see a beautiful tiger butchered for no reasons…

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

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