World’s Biggest Tigers On Rampage After Putin’s Rescue

Villagers and pets in Russia have been both injured and killed in a series of attacks by some of the giant amur tigers which are considered to be the world’s largest cats.

According to multiple reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin pioneered the rehabilitation of the giant Amur tiger in its natural habitat in the east of the country some years ago. Numbers of the endangered species have rapidly risen, with over 750 of the big cats, posing a huge threat to villagers.

In December, a man named Viktor S was viciously killed after his dog was eaten by the same animal. According to his wife, the man had gone to look for the place where the dog was killed.

Last year, Local fisherman Sergey Kyalundzyuga, 19, was seriously injured after a wild tiger jumped through his window and attacked him. He reportedly survived after the big cat was shot dead by his cousin.

Reports also have it that one man’s remains were found near the Khabarovsk region after he was reported missing. Investigators reported that there were clear traces that he was attacked and devoured by a tiger.

Further reports claim that one woman, Darya Ulyanova, reported a lucky escape from a tiger attack. Ulyanova said she suffered severe lacerations to her shoulder and both arms last year when a tiger attacked her.

She was left hospitalized after she went to the toilet in the bushes on a holiday trip, and the big cat charged at her. Her husband used his truck to ram the beast, saving her life.

In another case, a tiger killed a guard dog in the village of Kutuzovka, south of Khabarovsk city, then another was eaten, likely by the same big cat in the Srednekhorskii village, 25 miles away.

Daily Mail reports that one theory for the killings is that the natural habitat of the tigers is being destroyed by man, meaning the beasts cannot find their usual prey. Poaching remains a threat to the tigers and almost drove them to extinction in the wild in Soviet times.

Speaking on the attacks, Zoologist Sergie Kolchin said in a statement to environmental news outlet Kedr.

“In my view, increased tiger attacks are associated with the destruction of the predator’s habitats due to logging, excessive hunting of the tiger’s prey, and African swine fever, which has decimated the remaining wild boar population,” Kolchin said.