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Tiger Released By Putin Blamed For Chinese Goat Deaths

Animals of northern China, beware: Putin's tigers are on the loose.

A month after Chinese authorities linked an attack on a henhouse to a Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a second big cat is the main suspect in a series of goat deaths.

The official Xinhua news agency said on November 25 that tiger experts believe Ustin, one of three tigers Putin released into the wild in May, killed at least two goats in China's northeast.

Three goats remain missing.

After an animal attacked chickens in a village near the border in October, Xinhua reported that forestry officials said tracks left in the area belonged to a Siberian tiger.

They said it was most likely Kuzya, another tiger released into the wild by Putin.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Xinhua