Sumatran tiger killed and hung after Indonesian villagers feared it was 'shapeshifter'

3/5/2018 8:07:00 PM

Tehran (KNA) - A Sumatran tiger was killed and disembowelled by a remote Indonesian community because villagers thought it was a supernatural creature.

The critically endangered big cat, of which there are fewer than 400 remaining in the wild, was slaughtered and hung from a ceiling after residents feared it was a shapeshifter.

Some followed the animal to its jungle lair where it attacked the group on Sunday, leaving two people with serious injuries.

Conservation officials had warned villagers in Hatupangan, in north Sumatra, not to hurt the animal, which had been spotted around the village for several weeks.

Source: NewsSky

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