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Riau man attacked by Sumatran tiger

  • Rizal Harahap

    The Jakarta Post

Pekanbaru   /   Mon, March 4, 2019   /   11:44 am
Riau man attacked by Sumatran tiger A Sumatran tiger (AFP/Tiziana Fabi)

Mardian, a resident of Pungkat village in Indragiri Hilir, Riau, suffered severe injuries after being attacked by a Sumatran tiger on Saturday,

The incident took place at around 1 p.m. as Mardian and two of his coworkers, Bujang and Nahar, were transporting timber in a forestry area near Simpang Gaung village in the Gaung district of Indragiri Hilir.

Bujang and Nahar said they were walking ahead of Mardian when they heard a scream. Turning around, they saw Mardian being attacked by a tiger.

Bujang reportedly tried to fight the animal off with a piece of wood, while Nahar ran for help in a nearby village. Nahar was able to return with Edi and together, they managed to remove Mardian from the tiger’s grip.

The animal escaped into the forest and the 31-year-old was rushed to Simpang Gaung village for medical aid. He was later taken to Puri Husada Tembilahan Hospital by his family.

Gaung Police chief First Insp. Walsum said the victim was undergoing intensive treatment for wounds on his head and face.

“The victim has been treated by a medical team, but he can’t go home yet,” Walsum said on Sunday.

Conflicts between humans and tigers are a frequent occurrence in Indragiri Hilir. Last year, a female tiger named Bonita fatally attacked residents Jumiati and Yusri Efendi in two separate incidents.

Jumiati was attacked in January in an oil palm plantation and Yusri was attacked two months later while working in a forest.

Bonita was later captured and taken to a Sumatran tiger conservation center in Dharmasraya, West Sumatra. (vny)