It looks like two of Putin’s tigers are eating well in China. Ustin, one of three Siberian tigers released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is believed to have broken into a goat farm in Heilongjiang Province in northeast China, according to an announcement made by authorities on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.
The tiger, who has become somewhat of a national celebrity since crossing the Russian border into China earlier this year, was identified by Siberian tiger experts as the likely culprit, reportedly killing two goats on the farm on Heixiazi Island in Fuyuan county. There are also three goats said to be still missing.
Zhu Shibing, a wildlife protection expert from the Northeast Forestry University, told reporters that there were many footprints in the area surrounding the goat house and that they appear to belong to Ustin.
Talking of the tiger and its health, Zhu added “our monitoring data and this attack all tell that Ustin is in good physical condition, and has a large range of activities on Heixiazi Island.”
Of the three tigers that Putin released into the wild, two of them (the other being Kuzya) have made China their new home.
By Robert Ridley