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Rare tiger shot dead after mauling logger as he ‘went to loo’ in remote forest

The beast killed Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, and dragged him into the forest. Rangers found the three-year-old big cat guarding its mauled human prey in Khabarovsk region, Russia

Tiger attack victim’s colleague appears to find his innards and clothes

A rare tigress that attacked a logger at night on his way to the toilet has been shot dead in Russia, after being found standing over the body.

The beast killed Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, and dragged him into the forest.

Wildlife rangers found the three-year-old big cat guarding its mauled human prey in the remote Khabarovsk region.

Nikolai Svishch, a senior official in Nanaisky district, said: “The predator had dragged the body of the man into the forest.

“The beast was found next to the remains. The tiger had to be liquidated.”




Alleged victim Mikhail Shabaldin, 41 (L) with his wife Elena Shabaldina (R)
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Experts confirmed the man had been attacked by an endangered female Amur or Siberian tiger, the largest big cats in the world endemic to the far east of Russia.

The married lumberjack was working at a remote logging facility and had left his accommodation at night to go to the toilet, it is believed.

The tigress pounced some 40ft from the loggers’ dormitory.



The scene near the man’s accommodation filmed by one of the victim’s fellow workers
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Tiger specialists fear the big cat had been previously attacked by poachers, leading to the attack on a human.

Sergey Aramilev, head of the Amur Tiger Centre, said: “It is clear that the man was attacked by a tigress, presumably aged three years old.

“What provoked the predator to pounce on a human will become clear after an examination.”





Normally the wild tigers avoid contact with humans.

In winter, a hunter was killed by a tiger that had been shot and wounded.

“Such predators are extremely dangerous for humans,” he said.

“People who shoot a tiger in the taiga should think that they can provoke an attack by a beast on another person.”



Normally the wild tigers avoid contact with humans. Mikhail pictured on site
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In the latest case, a video shows the victim’s shocked colleague filming how his innards, bloodied clothes, shoes and loo paper are seen around a rough track, say reports.

Tiger footprints were visible at the site, and workmates say it was a tiger rather than a brown bear that overpowered the man.

A local said the loggers were “afraid” of tigers which prowled the vicinity.



The grisly scene near the dormitory where Mikhail was attacked
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“Tigers are a frequent sight there,” said one. “Everyone knows about this.”

In Russia, wild animals that attack or kill humans are routinely destroyed for fear of repeat incidents.

The attack was some 50 miles from Mayak village in remote Khabarovsk region.

The Amur tiger lives in eastern Russia, China and North Korea.

Less than 700 live in the wild, though numbers are now recovering with both Russia and China taking action to stop poaching.



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