Tiger mauled a 5-year-old girl to death
A tiger mauled a 5-year-old girl to death on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, a report says.
Fitria binti Judin was playing near the forest with her two siblings in Kepahiang district on Saturday when a Sumatran tiger attacked her, the state Antara news agency reported.
“It was raining and suddenly a tiger emerged and mauled her,” Supartono, head of the local Nature Conservancy Agency, was quoted as saying by Antara.
Environmentalists said human-animal conflicts are a rising problem as settlements encroach on natural habitats in Indonesia, an archipelago nation with some of the world’s largest remaining tropical forests.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers in the wild and their survival is being threatened by deforestation and rampant poaching, according to the animal conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature.