Katerina Blidchenko, a specialist of A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEE RAN), shared some news on tigers Tikhon and Ustin.
Both tigers Tikhon and Ustin are in great shape. However, as the time went by the specialists from the rehabilitation centre began to notice that something was unusual in Tikhon’ behavior. The tiger prefers to stay in the shelter most of the time. He was not only sleeping there, but also eating, hiding food and hiding from people. All the other tigers that stayed in the center normally visited the shelters only occasionally. Tikhon, on the other hand, walks the enclosure very rarely. The main criteria showing that the tiger is ready for the release is its fear of people. But, unfortunately, Tikhon could not be called a cautious animal. He allows people to approach him on the distance less than 30 meters. Such behavior is very strange for a wild tiger. After these observations and careful analysis the specialists came to a conclusion that it is very dangerous to release Tikhon to the wild, dangerous both for tiger and people. And although such outcome is very rare, Tikhon will be transferred to the local safari park and in the future it will take part in the Amur tiger breeding program.
Unfortunately, Ustin’s behavior also is not quite promising. At his second stay in the rehabilitation centre it shows less fear of people and therefore, the tiger will also be transferred to the zoo for the breeding program.