Rare Amur Tiger Dies After Bus Accident
Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Issue 3825. Page 2. MT, Reuters
A rare Amur tiger was put down after being hit by a bus in the Far East, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.
The bus hit the tiger when it jumped in front of the vehicle as it drove across the Russian-Chinese border, the report said.
It is the second death of an Amur tiger, one of the rarest predators in the world, in the Khabarovsk region since the beginning of the year. A wounded tiger was shot Jan. 1 after he attacked a person in the region.
The Amur tiger, the world's biggest wildcat, has pounced back from the brink of extinction to hit its highest population level in at least 100 years, the WWF said last year.
By the 1940s, the tigers had nearly died out and there were only about 40 surviving Amur tigers in their natural habitat in the wilds of the Far East.
But a census this year showed there were 480 to 520 Amur tigers living on the remote edge of Siberia, meaning the total world population was about 600, Alexei Vaisman, head of the Russia WWF's anti-animal trafficking program, said in April.
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