Tiger mauls Indonesian man to death

2011-02-04 13:40

Jakarta - A hospital official says a rare Sumatran tiger has mauled an Indonesian man to death.

Amir, a morgue officer at Jambi's Public Hospital, said on Friday that the body of a 52-year-old plantation worker called Ketani was found in southern Sumatra.

He says the victim's fellow workers told him that Ketani had spotted the tiger on Thursday near their lodgings on the plantation.

He had shouted at the others to flee, but as he was running he fell and was attacked by the animal.

Indonesia is home to some 400 Sumatran tigers, which are on the brink of extinction because of rapid deforestation, poaching and clashes with people.

The World Wildlife Fund says their numbers have dwindled to about 400, down from about 1 000 in the 1970s.