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A Siberian tiger has pounced on a field worker and attacked a car in a Chinese village near the country's border with Russia.

The male juvenile tiger was first spotted roaming close to Linhu village in Heilongjiang province on Friday, according to Chinese media.

The tiger then attacked Wang Xue's car as she drove into the area to pick up a relative.

"It turned in the direction of two villagers working in the field," Ms Wang told state media.

"I shouted at them to run, but the tiger then ran straight in my direction."


"In two or three seconds, it ran over and pounced on my car, clawing at it with its paws."

The car's exterior was heavily scratched and the back passenger window shattered.

"I was terrified and am still suffering from heart issues," Ms Wang said.

Neither of the two passengers inside the car were hurt.

Video footage also showed the tiger pouncing on a villager working in the field before running off.

The report said the worker suffered minor injuries.

Police managed to eventually corner and subdue the animal with tranquilliser darts.

According to a report from the Heilongjiang Forestry Bureau on Monday, the big cat was put into a 45-day disease quarantine at the Hengdaohezi Feline Breeding Centre in Mudanjiang city.

Siberian tigers are native to Russia and parts of north-eastern China.

There are estimated to be fewer than 500 left in the wild due to poaching, with fewer than 30 thought to be in China, according to the state newspaper Global Times.

Conservationists in China and Russia have made efforts to protect the species, but it is rare for tigers to enter human settlements.

Source: AFP