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Baby tigers cared for at the Pù Mat Wildlife Rescue Centre.
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 Bureau under the Provincial Police in Ngê An (center) busted a wildlife trade and rescued seven baby tigers (two males and five females) transported from Huong Son District (Hà Tinh Province, center) to Nghê An.
To protect this rare endangered species, the provincial police handed them over to the Pù Mat National Park Wildlife Rescue Center to allow them to be cared for and fed.
A successful rescue
Due to the transport, the tiger cubs arrived at the center exhausted. They also suffered from intestinal diseases 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 Wildlife Rescue Center’s tiger care team, raising the seven baby tigers was not easy. After receiving them, the institution had to develop a special treatment regimen that provided the best conditions for care. The vets used antibiotics and digestive enzymes to stabilize their intestines.
In the beginning, the tigers were only able to feed on milk that was normally exclusively dedicated to cats. 2 o’clocke month they began to drink milk mixed with meat broth. Gradually, as they got used to the smell, they ate meat cut into small pieces.
At 07:00 every day, 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 equal to the weight of each. The food varied between beef, chicken or rabbit.
One of the seven baby tigers at the Pù Mat Wildlife Rescue Center.
Photo: Nguyen Ty/VNA/CVN
“From 3e months the tigers were able to eat the bones in the neck, the ribs, the spine… They also drank calcium to strengthen their bones. Now each one weighs almost 40 kg. Food costs were very high, about 5 million VND per day“, Mr. Tuân shared.
Once they recovered, the center’s staff began their rehabilitation so they could survive in the natural environment. “During this period we did not feed them as before, we hid food in their cage to force them to search for themselves. Some of the animals have been in captivity for so long that they can no longer return to the forest“, informed the vet Nguyên Tât Hà.
“Our joy and our happiness is to see the rescued animals recover in good health, run, have fun and soon return to the natural environment.Thanh Tuan said.
According to Trân Xuân Cuong, director of Pù Mat National Park, the purpose of the Wildlife Rescue Center is to rescue animals injured by traps. Besides these seven baby tigers, the establishment cares for other precious and rare animals such as gibbons, pangolins, civets, bears, monkeys and other otters. In total, the cost of caring for the seven young tigers amounts to nearly VND 500 million (this includes food, human resources and medicine), covered by the benefactors.
According to Mr. Cuong, due to the lack of adequate infrastructure, this mission was not easy to accomplish. The cages soon proved too narrow for tigers who grow very quickly.
“Due to the impossibility of keeping them in our cages, we proposed to the Provincial People’s Committee to transfer these seven tigers to rescue centers in other localities to continue the care and education process.“, he shared.”We also proposed that the Wildlife Rescue Center should become a biodiversity conservation facility and expand the area of the cages to carry out rescues of large mammals.”he added.
“I want all animal species 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 in balance”wished Mr. Cuong.