Sumatran tigers trap Indonesian men in tree for 5 days

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Tiger treeFive Indonesian men were rescued on July 8 after holding out for 5 days atop a tree from baying Sumatran tigers, officials told media.

The tigers attacked the group of men after one of them accidentally killed a tiger cub. A sixth member was mauled to death afterwards while the remaining friends fled up a tree.

Deadly encounters with animals are common in Indonesia, however it is usually not the humans who are found cornered.

The six men ventured into Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island last Tuesday to scavenge for rare incense wood, a policeman said.

“The wood is very expensive… but they run a risk looking for it as they have to go to more remote parts of Leuser where there are many tigers and elephants,” district police chief Dicky Sondani said.

The men had set up traps to capture deer and antelope for food in the remote jungle but ended up catching a tiger cub.

Nearby villagers tried to save the men on Thursday after being alerted via mobile phone but retreated when they saw about three to four Sumatran tigers circling the tree.

The five men were rescued after not having food for three days and transported to closest village, which is a six hour trek by foot.

The Sumatran tiger is the world’s smallest tiger and considered endangered. There are only an estimated 400 to 500 still alive in the wild.

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Five Indonesian men were rescued on July 8 after holding out for 5 days atop a tree from baying Sumatran tigers, officials told media.

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Tiger treeFive Indonesian men were rescued on July 8 after holding out for 5 days atop a tree from baying Sumatran tigers, officials told media.

The tigers attacked the group of men after one of them accidentally killed a tiger cub. A sixth member was mauled to death afterwards while the remaining friends fled up a tree.

Deadly encounters with animals are common in Indonesia, however it is usually not the humans who are found cornered.

The six men ventured into Mount Leuser National Park in the north of Sumatra island last Tuesday to scavenge for rare incense wood, a policeman said.

“The wood is very expensive… but they run a risk looking for it as they have to go to more remote parts of Leuser where there are many tigers and elephants,” district police chief Dicky Sondani said.

The men had set up traps to capture deer and antelope for food in the remote jungle but ended up catching a tiger cub.

Nearby villagers tried to save the men on Thursday after being alerted via mobile phone but retreated when they saw about three to four Sumatran tigers circling the tree.

The five men were rescued after not having food for three days and transported to closest village, which is a six hour trek by foot.

The Sumatran tiger is the world’s smallest tiger and considered endangered. There are only an estimated 400 to 500 still alive in the wild.

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