A Sumatran tiger wanders into a plantation camp in Indonesia and injures a sleeping worker
A Sumatran tiger snuck into a plantation camp in Indonesia on Saturday and injured a sleeping worker, local media reported.
The head of the Riau province natural conservation agency on the island of Sumatra told state news agency Antara that the workers were resting at the time of the incident.
The man who was attacked woke up startled to see the tiger just two meters away, the South China Morning Post.
“The worker retaliated by grabbing the tiger’s leg with his left hand and using his right hand to hold the tiger’s body away, but his head was already injured by the tiger’s left claws,” the manager said. conservation agency, Genman Hasibuan, quoted by SCMP.
The worker received 20 stitches following a scalp injury.
Three critically endangered Sumatran tigers were found dead earlier this year after being caught in traps. The number of these tigers has dropped to around 400 in the wild, authorities said. Under Indonesia’s Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Law, those who intentionally kill protected animals face up to five years in prison and a fine of 100 million rupees ($7,000).
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, Sumatran tigers, the most endangered tiger subspecies, are under increasing pressure due to poaching and declining their habitat in the jungle.
Environmentalists say the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in poaching as villagers turn to hunting to supplement their dwindling incomes.
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