A Sumatran tiger hangs and dead from a ceiling in a remote village’s public hall in northern Indonesia. A photograph gives a view of the lifeless animal lying on a wooden plank and villagers crowded around it to see it.

The certainty not yet clear on why the critically endangered animal slew on Sunday in North Sumatra region. But according to the local media reports, it has attacked at least two residents. The killed followed to its liar to know whether it’s a supernatural and mythological being.

The villagers, however, feared it was a “Siluman” or shape-shifter. “The tiger sleeping under a resident’s stilt house when the people struck him repeatedly in the abdomen with a spear,” an official told the newspaper about the slaying.

Moreover, the conversations asked the villagers not to harm it and explained about the trap had set to catch the big cat. The incident happened just after World Wildlife Day of United Kingdom.

Rare Sumatran Tiger
Rare Sumatran Tiger (File Photo)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature listed Sumatran tiger or Panthera tigris sumatrae, indeed, among the critically endangered species. They made an estimation – only 400-500 species left out in the natural habitats of the Sumatra forests. In fact, the population declines due to “habitat loss”.

Mystery Behind Sumatran Tiger Death

In the words of World Wildlife Fund –

“Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies. These are distinguished by heavy black stripes on their orange coats. The last of Indonesia’s tigers – as few as 400 today – holding on for survival in the remaining patches of forests on the island of Sumatra. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching mean this noble creature could end up like its extinct Javan and Balinese relatives.

Rare Sumatran Tiger killed by Villagers
Rare Sumatran Tiger killed by Villagers

“In Indonesia, anyone caught hunting tigers could face jail time and steep fines. But despite increased efforts in tiger conservation – including strengthening law enforcement and anti-poaching capacity – a substantial market remains in Sumatra and the rest of Asia for tiger parts and products. Sumatran tigers are losing their habitat and prey fast, and poaching shows no sign of decline.”

On Sunday, after investigating, the authorities reported missing of its teeth, internal organs, and some skin. Though it’s remained unclear on persons who involved in killing Sumatran tiger, they will face a prosecution and penalties. After Sumatran tiger killed, four men were taken into custody and have attempted to sell its body parts. They now will face five years jail.