Support The Moscow Times!

Iranians Poison Loaned Tiger

TEHRAN, Iran — A Siberian tiger sent to the Tehran zoo as part of an exchange program with Russia has died after being fed contaminated meat, a senior Iranian official said.

The tiger, which was loaned in exchange for two leopards, died two weeks ago, Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh, head of Iran’s environmental department, said Sunday, the semiofficial Fars news agency reported.

It was not immediately clear what would happen to the leopards.

The news came as the zoo put down 14 lions diagnosed with glanders, an infectious bacterial disease that could affect visitors.

Mohammadizadeh said the tiger ate bad meat but its death could also be related to the glanders.


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.