Tiger was infected by virus

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

A MALAYAN tiger caught by the Dep­­a­r­tment of Wildlife and Natio­nal Parks (Perhilitan) after it was found roaming in Besol Lama, Dungun, became tame after being infected by a virus, reported Sinar Harian.The five-year-old tiger, nicknam­ed Awang Besol, was suspected to have been infected with Canine Temper Disorder virus, causing it to experience a mind disorder and become tame, said Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

“The virus spread by domesticated cats and dogs normally infects wild animals like tigers, but this is the first case reported in Tereng­ganu,” said Abdul Kadir.

He said a blood sample from the tiger has been taken and lab results would be known after a week.

Abdul Kadir dispelled the notion that the tiger had been a pet because the animal was not in a good physical state when it was discovered.

“It was dehydrated and its leg was swollen. These are not signs that it was kept as a pet,” he said, adding that Awang Besol is now placed at the Wildlife Conservation Centre in Sungkai, Perak.

> Singer Hafiz Suip has brushed aside talk that he is facing a health problem, Kosmo! reported.

The speculation came about after his latest photograph on his Instagram account showed him having lost a lot of weight.

“I lost weight not because of health problem or that I had been cast under ‘black magic’ by someone. It is because I want to keep my body in shape to look good when I go ‘live’ on TV,” he said.

Hafiz, who won reality show Akademi Fantasia in 2009, said he does not think too much about what others are saying about him.

“Sometimes, I cannot get what they actually want. They will never be satisfied with anything.

“Whether I’m thin or fat, it’s all wrong for them. In the end, I have decided to not think too much about what people say,” he said.

Hafiz, who became popular for the song Masih Jelas, is now out with his latest single Kisah Cinta Kita.

?  The above article is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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