A tiger ate a man in Khabarovsk, Russia

Lumberjack Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, sat in a toilet while working in a remote Russian village and then disappeared. Traces of the tiger were found at the scene in Khabarovsk, an eastern region bordering China.

A gruesome video, showing a shocked colleague of Mikhail’s showing pieces of toilet paper and even bloody clothes and entrails of the missing man, indicates that the man is dead.

The majestic Amur tigers, the largest felines in the world, prey on wildlife and humans in Russia, China and North Korea.

There are only 700 of them left in the wild, though their numbers are recovering after conservation efforts by the Russian and Chinese governments.

Shabaldin is believed to have been attacked when he left his temporary dwelling near a logging site in Khabarovsk Krai to go to the bathroom at night.

A search is underway, but locals admit that the chances of finding the logger alive are slim.

One theory is that a hungry or injured Amur tigress attacked the man to feed her cubs, but a full investigation is underway.

Shabaldin was on a 15-day shift at a logging site when he was attacked. His wife, Elena, was informed of the horrific incident.

Mikhail’s friend was certain of the poor man’s fate.

He said: “He was killed by a tiger, that’s a fact. His body has not yet been found.”

Many loggers say they are “afraid of encountering a predator” but do not carry guns for protection.

A friend added: “Tigers are common out there. Everyone knows about it.”

Sergei Aramilev, director of the Amur Tiger Center, said tigers usually shun their human companions.

He explained, “It’s too early to say what exactly happened to the missing person.

A team is on the scene to find out what happened.”

“Usually tigers try to avoid human habitats.

“Although this predator is the king of the taiga, he is afraid of ‘two-legged animals.

“Hunger, provocation, a weakened state due to illness or injury can cause the beast to attack humans.

“A wild animal that has attacked a human is usually removed from the wild.

“Experts then make further decisions about the animal’s fate.”

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