Superstitious villagers killed and hanged rare Sumatran tiger; thought it was shapeshifter

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  • A Sumatran tiger was killed and disemboweled by a remote Indonesian community because villagers thought it was a supernatural creature
  • The World Wildlife Fund stated that Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies

A group of superstitious villagers in a a remote Indonesian village brutally killed a critically endangered Sumatran Tiger last Sunday, according to conservation officials.

The villagers believe and feared it was a mythological creature.

Conservation officials said Monday that the endangered animal was slain Sunday after it apparently attacked one or two residents, who had followed the animal to its lair in order to determine whether it was a ‘siluman’ or a shapeshifter.

The dead body of the endangered big cat was photographed Sunday hanging from beams covering a public gathering space in Hatupangan in north Sumatra.

“Unfortunately they would not listen. They insisted on killing the tiger,” Hotmauli Sianturi, the regional head of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency, told Sky News.

“After killing the animal, the locals hung up its body for display. It’s very regrettable.”

Activists said the endangered animal had been prowling in the area for more than a month, approximately since February.

The World Wildlife Fund stated that Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies.

 

 

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