A Sumatran tiger has mauled an Indonesian man to death in a South Sumatra, in a brutal attack that left the victim dead with marks all over his body, AFP reported on Saturday, December 7th.
The fatal attack is the second by the critically endangered species in less than a month, after another tiger from the same species mauled to death a coffee farmer and seriously injured an Indonesian tourist in the same part of Sumatra.
The body of the victim, who was identified as a coffee farmer working in the neighbourhood, was found earlier on Thursday, December 5th by relatives who grew worried when he failed to return home, with a tiger prowling next to his home, according to authorities.
The latest gruesome incident has left the authorities worried about possible maulings near Pagaralam city in Sumatra, where they were prompted to warn residents against going into local forests.
"At first the victim's family thought that he had spent several nights in a hut on the plantation," local police chief Dolly Gumara told AFP.
The initial examination revealed that the deceased, aged 57, had wrestled with the big cat before it killed him, according to the local conservation agency.
This part of the country has seen five tiger attacks this year, including two fatal incidents, according to AFP.
According to local media sources, the Sumatran tiger is a key conservation focus for the Indonesian government and wildlife activists. Two other tiger subspecies native to Indonesia, the Javan tiger (Pantheratigrissondaica) and the Bali tiger (Pantheratigrisbalica), were officially declared extinct in 2003 due to poaching and habitat loss. Unfortunately for the endangered species, they still face the same threat that is stalking them today, with barely 400 believed to remain in the world, AFP reported.