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Baby tigers are cared for at the Pù Mat Wildlife Rescue Center.

Photo: Nguyen Ty/VNA/CVN

Founded in 2018, the Wildlife Rescue Center has evolved into a “special hospital” dedicated to caring for wild animals. In early August 2021, the Environmental Police Office, under the Nghê An Provincial Police (Center), dismantled a wildlife trade, saving seven tiger cubs (two males and five females) transported from Huong Son district. (Hà Tinh province, Center). ) to Nghê An.

In order to protect this rare endangered species, the Provincial Police turned them over to the Pù Mat National Park Wildlife Rescue Center to allow them to be cared for and fed.

A successful rescue

Because of the transport, the tiger cubs arrived at the center exhausted. They also suffered from intestinal ailments and diarrhea. The vets gave them medicine and fed them specific milk. After six months of treatment, the average weight of each person went from 4 kg to 30-40 kg.

Today they are healthy, active and can eat raw meat.
According to Dang Thanh Tuan, head of the tiger care team at Wildlife Rescue Center, raising the seven tiger cubs was not easy. After receiving them, the institution had to develop a special treatment regime, providing the best conditions for care. Veterinarians used antibiotics and digestive enzymes to stabilize her intestines.

At first, tigers could only feed on milk normally dedicated exclusively to cats. at 2and month, they started drinking milk mixed with beef broth. Gradually, when they got used to the smell, they ate meat cut into pieces.

So, every day at 7:00 am, Mr. Tuân and his colleagues cut more than 10 kg of meat to prepare their meal. Once minced, the meat was divided into seven portions corresponding to the weight of each one. The foods varied between beef, chicken or rabbit.

One of seven tiger cubs at Pù Mat Wildlife Rescue Center.

Photo: Nguyen Ty/VNA/CVN

of 3and months, tigers could eat the bones of the neck, the ribs, the spine… They also drank calcium to strengthen the bones. Now each weighs almost 40 kg. Food costs were very high, around 5 million VND per day“, shared Mr. Tuan

Once recovered, the center’s staff began their rehabilitation so that they could survive in the natural environment. “During this time we didn’t feed them like before, we hid food in their cage to force them to look for themselves. Some of the animals have been in captivity for so long that they cannot return to the forest.“, informed the veterinarian Nguyên Tât Hà.

inadequate infrastructure

Our joy and our happiness is to see the rescued animals recovering their health, running, having fun and soon returning to the natural environment.“, Thanh Tuan said.

According to Trân Xuân Cuong, director of Pù Mat National Park, the objective of the Wildlife Rescue Center is to rescue animals injured by traps. In addition to these seven tiger cubs, the establishment takes care of other precious and rare animals such as gibbons, pangolins, civets, bears, monkeys and other otters. In total, the costs related to the care of the seven young tigers amount to around 500 million VND (including food, human resources and medicines), covered by benefactors.

According to Mr. Cuong, due to the lack of adequate infrastructure, this mission was not easy to fulfill. The cages quickly became too narrow for very quickly growing tigers.

“Due to the impossibility of keeping them in our cages, we proposed to the Provincial Popular Committee to transfer these seven tigers to rescue centers in other locations to continue the care and education process.“, he shared. “We also proposed that the Wildlife Rescue Center become a biodiversity conservation facility and expand the cage area to carry out the rescue of large mammals.”he added.

I would like all species of animals to have the right to life. It is important that they can live in their natural environment. The earth is a common roof where all species have the right to live so that the ecosystem is balanced”wished Mr. Cuong.

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