A critically endangered tiger suffered deep cuts all over its body after being trapped in a barbed wire cage.
The female Sumatran tiger is now on the mend after being caught in a trap intended for wild boars, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry reports.
The ministry said that conservation officials found the six-year-old big cat thrashing to break out of the cage but suffered deep cuts throughout her body, including in her abdomen and legs.
The authorities rescued her on December 16 and took her to a nearby tiger sanctuary in Siundol Village.
Vets at Padang Lawas Regency treated the tiger who has been named Dewi Siundol's wounds and she's now recovering at the sanctuary, officials say.
Giving an update on the tiger's condition via Instagram, they said: "To us, Dewi Siundol being trapped is not a source of pride.
"But we all have a reason to be happy and celebrate rescuing and saving this endangered creature, which is only endemic to Sumatra island."
No date has been set for her return to the wild, according to Coconuts.
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BBKSDA officials say they are going to scour the rainforests in the region for traps that could endanger protected species like Sumatran tigers, which are considered critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
There are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild and environmental activists say they are increasingly coming into conflict with people as their natural habitat is rapidly deforested.
It said the main threats to the species include: poaching, prey depletion, tiger-human conflict and disease.
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The news comes just a month after a Sumatran tiger adult died at a wildlife rehabilitation centre run by the conservation department of Jambi province on the island of Sumatra.
She was captured three weeks earlier by conservation authorities near Kerinci Seblat National Park.
Preliminary findings from a necropsy carried out on the tiger show that the animal had been “chronically malnourished” despite medical intervention.
They also found worm eggs in the tiger’s faeces and ticks on her body.
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