Video-footage has captured the tail end of a man’s incredibly rare encounter with one of Eurasia’s deadliest animals, which occurred only a short distance from his house, in Russia’s Far East.
If you thought brutal winters would be your biggest worry in Russia’s austere Far East, this video of the world’s largest cat species (with the teeth to match) casually vaulting a roadside fence not far from Komsomolsk-on-Amur, might give you pause for thought.
Sometimes I think that stupid stereotypes about bears walking in the streets in Russia have some real basis.. An Amur tiger was noticed in 10 minutes ride on a car from my home. pic.twitter.com/UE1RuhcAKY
— Yaroslav Shevchenko (@y_shevchenko27) February 11, 2019
Although rarely a man-eater and tending to avoid direct contact with people, the reclusive tigers are more than capable hunters and can eat up to 60 pounds of prey in a single night.
While spotting one of the 600 pound predators is extremely unlikely, there have been several sightings in villages throughout the Khabarovsk Krai just north of Vladivostok on Russia’s eastern edge in the past few months. The animal has allegedly already eaten several pet dogs while skillfully evading capture attempts by the hunting department of the Regional Ministry of Natural Resources.
“I would like to remind people that if they see a tiger nearby, the main thing is not to approach it and not to take any independent decisions” said the Director General of the Amur Tiger Center Sergey Aramilev, reminding residents to contact professionals instead.