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Putin’s Tiger Returns to Russia After China Prowl

A Siberian tiger which had been freed by Russian President Vladimir Putin has returned to his homeland two months after crossing the border to China, state media said on Wednesday.Kuzya, one of three tigers released into the wild by Putin, arrived back on his native soil Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Forestry Department of northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.But the endangered feline may not be gone for long, a senior Chinese forestry administration official said.

 “Kuzya is very likely to visit China again as it marked the areas he visited with his urine, designating his ‘territory’,” Zhang Minghai, vice director of the Feline Research Centre at China’s State Forestry Administration, said. Zhang added that China “has a sound forest ecosystem and plenty of food” -- although Xinhua noted that the tiger “never ate domestic animals” during his two-month jaunt through the Middle Kingdom.
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