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A sick tiger that defied her natural instincts to come out of the wild and seek human has tragically died.
She had made her way to the remote village of Solontsovy, north of Vladivostok in the Russian far-east, and lay down quietly on the man’s porch.
The big cats usually shun all human contact, but clearly exhausted and in need of urgent dental assistance, the female tiger took her chance.
Galina Tsimano, who lives next door to the man, explained the encounter, saying: ‘Alexey Khaideyev came across a tiger on his porch.
‘He and his wife and grandmother live on the outskirts of the village, near the river and forest.
‘He wanted to go out to the yard in the morning, but his door was pressed by “someone” from outside.’
As Alexey pushed the door open, he heard a tiger growling – at which point he retreated back inside and called the emergency services.
Tiger experts took the predator to a rehabilitation centre where they found she had lost all her upper teeth and had serious gum disease.
At first the tiger – believe to be a 10-year-old – started eating mashed meat and her weight improved.
She even started jumping to a higher levels in her cage, but in the middle of last week, stopped eating altogether.
Scientists discovered she was suffering from a number of health problems related to her advanced years.
They said it was ‘extraordinary’ that she had sought human help before her death.
‘Age and illnesses took over,’ Viktor Kuzmenko, said director of the Amur Tiger Centre.
‘The vets did everything they could.‘Sadly, the tigress couldn’t fight her illness.‘She was in a hopeless state, extremely exhausted, there even was no fat on her heart. Nothing could have saved her.’
He said the tiger did not have any injuries or wounds that could have been caused by people and her illness had been contracted naturally.
‘Because of the illness, the tigress couldn’t move normally, which caused her ability to hunt,’ he added.
The Amur (or Siberian) tiger is endangered in the wild, with only 500 left in their natural habitat in eastern Russia.