On December 16, 2016, specialists of Primorsky Hunting Department, Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals (PRNCO «Tiger Centre» and United Directorate of Lazovsky Nature Reserve and Zov Tigra National Park successfully captured an orphan tiger cub near Lazo village of Primorsky krai. It was a 5-month-old female tiger weighing 20 kilograms with 7.5 cm paw size. Only after the specialists were certain that the cub lost its mother, the decision was made to capture the young animal and take it to the rehabilitation centre in Alekseevka village. The operation was conducted with the use of a special equipment provided to the conflict resolution groups of the Hunting Department by WWF Russia and Amur Tiger Centre. The Phoenix Fund provided financial support for transportation of the cub and veterinary care.
Now, the tiger cub is kept at an isolation quarantine unit from where a remote camera let specialists keep a watchful eye on the animal round the clock. The young predator mostly stays up at night and conceals itself at daytime. Usually, quarantine period lasts 21 days since an animal arrives at the centre. No one knows how much time the cub will spend at the quarantine unit, because the specialists are still waiting for viral disease test results which will be ready in a week.
At the moment, there are three tigers at the Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintroduction of Tigers and Other Rare Animals: Vladik tiger, Filippa tigress and a 5-month-old tigress from Lazo.