Siberian tiger released into the wild: GoPro footage of a tiger’s reentry (Video).

Watch a Majestic Siberian Tiger Get Released Back Into the Wild

Watch a Majestic Siberian Tiger Get Released Back Into the Wild

Wild Things
Slate’s animal blog.
Sept. 25 2015 2:53 PM

Watch a Majestic Siberian Tiger Get Released Back Into the Wild

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Screenshot from YouTube.

It’s Friday. Fall (and football) is here. Weather’s supposed to be decent. All that being the case, at about 4 p.m. this afternoon, you’ll likely be pacing around your office like a tiger in a cage, ready to be released into the wild of the weekend. And for an idea of what that will look like, watch the video above.

The video in question—which comes to us from the good people at GoPro—shows Zolushka, a Siberian tiger, being returned to the wild. Rescued from poachers by the International Fund for Animal Welfare as a cub, her re-entry is just one example of the organization’s larger attempts at restoring the global tiger population. While there were once more than 100,000 wild tigers in Asia, that number is now believed to be somewhere between 3,700 and 4,200.

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So not only is the incredible footage a thrill to see, it also affords us the opportunity to watch good, meaningful work in action—and, of course, provides a little Friday afternoon inspiration as well.

But be warned: Should you try to mimic Zolushka’s sprint for freedom after clocking out today, be prepared to be significantly less majestic in doing so. 

A.J. McCarthy is a speechwriter for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and a former Slate writer and producer.