QuickCheck: Was a boy attacked by a tiger in Gerik?

A picture of the boy that went viral online. Allegedly he was attacked by a tiger in Gerik, Perak.

OF LATE, there have been a lot of tiger sightings, mostly on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. There's even been a few confirmed attacks which have led to the deaths of three men at Pos Pasik, Gua Musang. While terrifying to think of, tiger attacks are usually very rare as the felines prefer to stay away from humans.

Recently, a voice message and picture have been circulating on social media alleging that a boy had been the victim of a tiger attack in Gerik, Perak.

Is this true?



According to Wildlife Department director Yusoff Shariff, the boy in the photo that went viral had not been attacked by a tiger. Not only that, the boy wasn't even from Gerik.

"Based on our investigation, the boy is from Meranto, Gua Musang in Kelantan and he was actually attacked by a macaque," he told Malay language daily Sinar Harian, adding that the attack took place on Monday (Nov 20).

"We hope that the public will not spread any untrue news that may cause unnecessary concern," he said when contacted here on Thursday (Nov 23).

Earlier, a voice message went viral saying that a young boy had been mauled by a tiger while playing in Kampung Air Kala, Lenggong in Gerik.


1. https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/636105/berita/semasa/bukan-diserang-harimau-tapi-diserang-beruk---perhilitan

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