Siberian tiger terrorising Vladivostok gets new home in Russian national park

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 May, 2017, 2:21am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 May, 2017, 2:21am

A Siberian tiger that terrorised Russia’s Far East city of Vladivostok by prowling its suburbs has been relocated to a vast Russian national park where officials hope he will thrive.

The tiger, nicknamed Vladik, was captured in October on the edge of Vladivostok. He flown by helicopter Monday to Bikin National Park, 500 kilometres (350 miles) further north.

Russia has declared Siberian, or Amur, tigers a protected species. Only about 540 are estimated to live in the wild.

World Wildlife Fund video shows the tiger appearing initially bewildered when his cage was opened. But he then leapt out with a growl, ran around and then disappeared into the woods.