Four tiger fetuses found; 5 arrested for poaching

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

Indonesian authorities have discovered 4 foetuses of the protected Sumatran tiger in addition to the hide of the endangered species in two police raids carried out towards suspected animal poachers and traffickers, the Surroundings Ministry mentioned on Monday.

The suspects had previously sold another tiger skin, but had yet to unload the second skin and foetuses, he said, adding that the unborn mammals were from the big cat sold earlier this year.

Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left within the wild.

Tiger cubs are born blind and are totally dependent on their mother for the first few months of their lives.

Forestry officials made the shocking discovery as they arrested five people during raids in Riau province's Pelalawan district after receiving a tip from villagers about the critically endangered animals.

Two suspects are believed to have been acting as sellers.

Indonesia is a country with a number of diverse species including orang-utan, Sumatran elephants, and the Sumatran rhinos.

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The police are investigating the link between the poachers to the prospective buyers and keeping them as witnesses to find out their respective roles in the poaching syndicate.

"In Indonesia, anybody caught searching tigers might face jail time and steep fines".

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger sub-species with the length of 2.7 meters and weight up to 114 kilograms.

"But despite increased efforts in tiger conservation - including strengthening law enforcement and anti-poaching capacity - a substantial market remains in Sumatra and other parts of Asia for tiger parts and products".

Citing a survey from TRAFFIC, the worldwide wildlife commerce monitoring community, the WWF says poaching for commerce is chargeable for virtually 80 per cent of estimated Sumatran tiger deaths - amounting to a minimum of 40 animals per yr.

Some elements of the tiger, just like the bones, are believed to have medicinal values in elements of Asia.

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