Beijing: A wild Siberian tiger has eaten several oxes in the past week in two forest farms of China`s Heilongjiang province, authorities said Wednesday.
Two people called police to report that their oxes had been eaten by wild animals and that plum-blossom-shape footprints were discovered, Xinhua reported.
The killer animal was confirmed to be a mature wild Siberian tiger above three years after analysis of the footprints.
It is 19 years since a wild Siberian tiger was found in the west Wandashan mountain area, about 200 km away from the China-Russian border where the big cat frequently appeared.
Siberian tigers, one of the world`s rarest animal species, mainly live in eastern Russia, northeast China and parts of the Korean Peninsula. Less than 500 Siberian tigers currently live in the wild.