PETALING JAYA: No tiger has escaped from the national zoo's enclosure, says Zoo Negara in response to claims of tiger sightings at Kemensah Heights in Taman Melawati.
A voice recording and message circulated on WhatsApp that went viral on Friday (May 20) claimed that a tiger was seen roaming the area near Jalan Tiara Kemensah 3 at around midnight.
The message also noted that a police report was lodged at the Melawati police station.
Some have speculated that the tiger could have escaped from the national zoo.
Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana said all of its tigers are safe in their sanctuary, adding that it is “impossible” for them to get out.
“We have our standard operating procedures (SOP) and our tigers have to get through at least three layers of security through the back of the enclosure.
“It is also impossible for a tiger to jump over the moat because there is not enough distance for a run,” he said when contacted by The Star.
Rosly said the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) sent a team to inspect the area, but no paw prints had been found yet.
The Star has reached out to Perhilitan for comment and is awaiting its response.