A rare wild Siberian tiger was successfully released back into the wild in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province yesterday, according to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration.
This is the first time that China has rescued a wild Siberian tiger and released it to its natural habitat, according to a wildlife expert.
The tiger strayed into a village in Heilongjiang on April 23 and injured a local.
It was later captured and transferred to a local animal breeding center.
The wild tiger is a healthy male aged 2 to 3 years and weighing 225 kilograms, according to local officials.
The animal was held for observation and quarantine purposes, it said.
The Siberian tiger, also known as the Amur tiger, is highly endangered.
The species is on the national first-class protection list in China.