Black panther sighted in rubber plantation


Compiled by C. ARUNO, ALLISON LAI and R. ARAVINTHAN

A BLACK panther has been sighted roaming in a rubber plantation near Raub, Pahang, reports China Press.

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks is attempting to capture it.

It was reported that a rubber tapper known only as Rosli, 56, was startled when he spotted the panther at 8am while at work several days ago.

Rosli immediately reported the matter to the Raub Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

Upon receiving the report, officials from the department investigated the matter and discovered a half-eaten wild boar near where the panther was first spotted.

The panther is deemed to be dangerous and plans were made to capture it and release it at a national park.

The department has laid a cage in the rubber plantation and used a live goat as bait in hopes of trapping the animal.

The black panther is the melanistic colour variant of the leopard and the jaguar, and it is commonly found in tropical forests.

The Malaysian jungle is known to be the home to the largest black panther population in the world.



> A dog was spotted wearing a mask while going on a motorcycle ride with its owner in Johor, reports China Press.

Footage of the peculiar sight was uploaded onto Facebook recently showing the dog riding along in the motorcycle’s front carrier basket.

Strapped onto the dog’s face was unmistakably a white face mask.

The Internet user who posted the video also poked fun at those who refused to comply with Covid-19 standard operating procedure, saying that they “should be responsible like the dog”.

Many Internet users praised the owner for taking precautions to protect his pet.



> A former finance minister of China who died last week was believed to be burning paper offerings to his deceased wife before his house caught fire, reports China Press.

Jin Renqing, 77, sustained injuries from a fire at his house on the night of July 27 but later died at a hospital despite receiving emergency treatment.

The widower was believed to have been burning offerings to his wife that night, and that started a blaze in his study.

As Jin had difficulties moving around, it caused him to suffer severe injuries from the fire which later led to his death.

The above articles are 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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