November 07, 2011
Bengkulu. A Sumatran tiger attacked and killed a five-year-old girl as she played in a plantation near her village in Bengkulu province over the weekend.
State news agency Antara identified the victim as Fitria binti Judin, from Cirebon Baru village, Kepanghiang district.
Supartono, an official from the Bengkulu Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), said on Monday that two other siblings escaped the attack unharmed and ran seven kilometers back to Cirebon Baru to raise the alarm.
The deceased was found 20 meters from a hut.
Her leg had been chewed off before the tiger had fled back to the forest, Supartono said.
He said Forestry Police were investigating whether or not the hut was located inside the Bukit Daun protected forest.
If the attack occurred outside the park boundaries, the tiger would be tracked down and relocated, he said.
There are an estimated 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, with grave fears held for their future survival in the wild given rampant deforestation, the trade in the endangered animals for use in Chinese traditional medicines and Indonesia’s rampant corruption.