15 Jan '12, 4am

Rare Sumatran tiger dies in Indonesia after being injured in wire trap

JAKARTA (AFP) - An endangered Sumatran tiger that was rescued from a wire trap in a protected Indonesian jungle has died from its injuries, a conservation official said on Sunday. The five-year-old male tiger was flown from Bengkulu province in Sumatra to Jakarta for surgery after it was discovered on Monday suffering nine spear wounds, provincial conservancy agency chief Amon Zamora told AFP. 'It died from its injuries on Saturday. Veterinary surgeons found a spear wound that pierced it from the back to the chest, which proved to be fatal,' he said. 'The tiger was also shot with an air rifle. Pellets were found in its eyes,' Mr Zamora said, adding that authorities were hunting for those behind the attack. The tiger was found in Bengkulu, entangled in a wire trap attached to a tree branch. Officials said the trap was likely set by poachers looking to sell the rare animal's...

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