According to FMT, a male Malayan tiger, also known as Awang Rasau, was found with three gunshot wounds on its hind legs by plantation workers.
Yesterday (23 Feb), wildlife officers from National Wildlife Rescue Centre (Perhilitan) in Perak managed to rescue the tiger and sent it for treatment. The tiger was found at a Felda oil palm plantation near Dungun in Terengganu. The rescue operation involving wildlife officers took four hours.
Nik Mohd Zamani Awang of the rescue centre said the tiger, estimated to be between 14 and 16 years old, weighed over 160kg. It was caught after being shot with a tranquilliser dart.
“Checks found that the tiger was injured as there were three gunshot wounds at his hind legs believed to be caused by irresponsible parties. The tiger will be moved to the rescue centre in Sungkai, Perak for treatment and further observation,” he said.
The tiger was found around 3km from where it was discovered by the workers. It was exhausted from the injuries it suffered.
Terengganu wildlife director Abdul Malek Mohd Yusof did not rule out the possibility that the tiger was responsible for prior attacks on cattle owned by Felda settlers.
Recently, two videos of the wounded tiger, each lasting 29 and 54 seconds, had earlier gone viral on social media and were believed to have been recorded by Indonesian workers who stumbled upon the animal. Watch one of the clips here:
The Malayan Tiger is classified as a ‘Critically Endangered’ species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and is ‘Totally Protected’ under Malaysia’s Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.