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KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 22 -- The Terengganu Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) captured a male Malayan tiger at a oil palm plantation in Felda Kerteh 3, near Dungun in an operation today.
The four-hour operation, which began at 8 am, was led by the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) from Sungkai, Perak with the cooperation of 15 Perhilitan personnel from Dungun and Kemaman.
NWRC senior Wildlife assistant officer Nik Mohd Zamani Awang said the male tiger, estimated to be between 14 and 16 years old, weighing over 160 kilogrammes, was successfully 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 caused by irresponsible parties. The tiger will be moved to the NWRC in Sungkai for treatment and further observation,” he said when contacted by reporters today.
The tiger found around three kilometres from where it was discovered by villagers, was exhausted due to the injuries it suffered.
Two videos of the wounded tiger, each lasting 29 and 54 seconds, had earlier went viral on social media and were believed to have been recorded by Indonesian plantation workers who stumbled upon the animal.
Meanwhile, Terengganu Perhilitan director Dr Abdul Malek Mohd Yusof did not rule out the possibility that the tiger was responsible for prior attacks on cattle owned by Felda Kerteh 3 and Kerteh 4 settlers.
“The tiger’s capture will hopefully alleviate the concerns of residents in the area who feared for their safety due to increased tiger attacks since late last year,” he said.