In August 2008, Russian President Vladimir Putin placed a large satellite-tracking collar around the neck of a tranquilized five-year-old Siberian tiger. The animal was released into the wild, joining some 500 others like him in the world.
But that very tiger, whose name is Kuzya, has now left Putin's domain, according to alerts read from his satellite collar. Chinese officials say that Kuzya crossed the Heilong River (called the Amur River in Russia) - the border between the two countries. Ecologists have told several Russian and Chinese news agencies that Kuzya was probably looking for more or better food, of course unaware that he was crossing country lines.
"A Russian expert called us and told us the location [of the tiger] they have monitored. They asked us to protect it," Chen Zhigang, director of Taipinggou Natural Protection Zone in Heilongjiang's Luobei county, told China's Xinhua News Agency.