Since sharing his amazing encounter on Twitter, Townshend’s video has been viewed thousands of times — and people are just as surprised as he was that he was able to cross paths with such a beautiful animal.
“Wow, I remember how excited I was when deer walked in front of me whilst walking in Scotland,” one commenter said. “This would make my year.”
Since Siberian tigers are a critically endangered subspecies, with only around 500 individuals left, seeing one in the wild is one of the rarest sights in the world. A mix of poaching and habitat loss has knocked off much of the wild population, but the few remaining tigers mostly frequent the snowy, isolated Himalaya region between China and Russia.