Five nabbed, tiger foetuses seized in Riau


  • Indonesia
  • Tuesday, 10 Dec 2019

Hunted: The skin of an adult tiger and four foetuses stored in a jar that were seized by the Indonesian authorities in Riau province’s Pelalawan district. — AP

PEKANBARU: Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four foetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said.

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, said on Sunday.

Hutapea said police confiscated the four preserved foetuses 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 trading syndicate.

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. — AP

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