Indonesia arrests five suspected poachers of pregnant tigers


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  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

The skin of Sumatra Tiger and and four fetuses stored in jars seen in Riau province, Indonesia. Indonesian authorities arrested five suspected poachers of critically endangered Sumatran tigers and seized its skin and four of its fetuses which were preserved in a jar. - AP

PEKANBARU: Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four fetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said on Monday (Dec 9).

The five suspects - four men and a woman - were arrested by a team of police and forestry ministry officers in separate raids in two villages in Riau province's Pelalawan district on Saturday after receiving a tip from villagers, said Eduward Hutapea, a local Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement chief.

Hutapea said police confiscated the four preserved fetuses and a piece of an adult tiger's skin from the suspects, two of whom are believed to have been acting as sellers.

He said police are investigating to see whether it is part of an illegal wildlife animal trading syndicate.

Under the Indonesian law, the alleged poachers could face a five-year jail term if they were convicted and pay a fine.

In July, the Indonesian police arrested two people for illegally trading hides of Sumatran tiger in Jambi province on Sumatra Island and pursued a group of suspects implicating in the prohibited activities.

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

Sumatran tigers are the most critically endangered tiger subspecies on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's red list.

About 400 remain, down from 1,000 in the 1970s, because of forest destruction and poaching.
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