The decapitated body of an endangered Siberian tiger has been found after being swept into a Russian national park by an ice drift.
The decapitated Siberian tiger, a specific population of the Panthera tigris tigris subspecies, was found in the Anyuysky National Park near the city of Khabarovsk in the far-eastern Russian region of Khabarovsk Krai.
The Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists Siberian tigers as ‘endangered’.
The tiger’s body was swept into the national park by an ice drift and was found by rangers in a river.
The animal’s body has been sent for an autopsy to establish its exact cause of death and when it happened.
The tiger’s remains were sent to the city of Ussuriysk in the bordering Russian region of Primorsky Krai to undergo analysis on 14th April.
According to experts, the tiger could have been killed by poachers although it is unclear when.
The matter is also being investigated by the local police and overseen by the regional public prosecutor’s office.
A Siberian tiger was shot dead and found on the Khabarovsk-Komsomolsk-on-Amur motorway in January.
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