Wild Siberian tiger spotted in Chinese border city
CHANGCHUN, July 20 (Xinhua) -- A wild Siberian tiger has been spotted by a taxi driver in the Chinese border city of Hunchun, northeast China's Jilin Province.
According to the video clip the driver recorded, the tiger was lying on the road about 30 meters away from him, and left the scene after gazing at the taxi for over 20 minutes.
"It's the first time that I've seen a wild Siberian tiger so close, and I shut down the engine as soon as I saw it in case it could be frightened," said Lang Lijian, the driver.
As the local government has been imposing strict measures to protect animals, including anti-poaching, the population of wild Siberian tigers is on the rise. Their range of activities is becoming wider as well, which means they are being spotted by humans more often than before.
On June 30, the administrative bureau of the National Park for Siberian Tigers and Amur Leopards issued a guideline to instruct both professional rangers and local residents on how to handle accidental encounters with wild tigers.
Siberian tigers, otherwise known as Amur or Manchurian tigers, mainly live in eastern Russia, northeast China, and the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. Data shows that only hundreds of wild Siberian tigers still exist in the wild globally. Enditem