Meet Zolushka the luckiest tiger in the world. This orphaned Siberian tigress was left to fend for herself when she was only a few months old -- her mother likely killed by poachers.

Less than 400 of these rare creatures exist in the wild - the survival of the species literally hangs in the balance with each individual animal.

IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare worked with partners in far east Russia to rescue and rehabilitate this amazing animal. Watch as this incredibly rare tiger is released and returned to its wild habitat.

Tigers are the largest of all wild cats and are renowned for their power and strength. There were once eight tiger subspecies, but three became extinct during the 20th century. Over the last hundred years, hunting and forest destruction have reduced overall tiger populations from hundreds of thousands to perhaps 3,000 to 5,000.

Tigers are hunted as trophies and also for body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. All five remaining tiger subspecies are endangered, and many protection programs are in place. Poaching is a reduced—but still very significant—threat to Siberian tigers.


Responses to "Incredibly Rare Siberian Tiger Release - GoPro Video "

  1. Anonymous says:

    That tiger is thanking you for giving her home back. Thank you.

  2. Fili says:

    Such a beautiful animal !! Thank you for returning her back to the wild. I hope she will have a full , happy & healthy life. And I hope she finds a mate & has little ones.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great release Thanks Guys Wish more people cared!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. rhrlady says:

    WONDERFUL! I Love Tigers, they are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this moment, may more moments like this happen in the future. I pray she has babies and is safe!

  5. Unknown says:

    So Awesome!!!!! Thank You!!!

  6. let's hope she doesn't end up giving a Chinese lothario a hard on.

  7. Unknown says:

    Wonderful but at the same time so very sad!! Don't the Chinese care about the extinction of these magnificent creatures? I really don't understand why they don't, it makes me cry!!

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