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Thai man killed in suspected tiger attack

2012-11-30 16:04

Bangladesh - A rubber tapper was mauled to death in a suspected tiger attack in southern Thailand, the second such incident in the area in recent years, a local official said on Friday.

The footprints of an adult and young tiger were found near the scene where 44-year-old Hyaya Seng was found dead on Thursday at the plantation in a mountainous area of Yala province near the border with Malaysia.

"The victim lost his head and suffered deep cuts to his stomach and scratches all over his body," deputy district chief Urupong Chanakul said.

He said another suspected tiger attack took place in a nearby village last year.

Thailand, a hub of international smuggling, is one of just 13 countries hosting fragile tiger populations. Fewer than 300 tigers remain in the wild in Thailand, according to wildlife group WWF.

Rubber tappers in the deep south are also often targeted by suspected Muslim insurgents who sometimes behead their victims.

Comments
  • unwelcome.za - 2012-11-30 17:03

    Why would a tiger attack someone, behead them, then not eat the victim? Doesn't sound right does it. Never heard of tigers beheading people before this article. Kung-fu tiger 0_o

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-30 17:50

      I heard of a story where a tiger pinned down a man. And started licking off his skin. The tiger got up and walked away leaving the man alive. But obviously in bad shape.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-30 17:31

    A tigers revenge.. These beutiful animals are hunted down and killed for there pelts and also to aid with the small man syndrome. Just like our Rhino. One day we can show our grand children pictures of them. Its a sad world.

  • delish7564 - 2012-11-30 17:54

    I feel very sorry for the man's family, but I guess the next thing will be calls for tigers to be killed in this area :(. Humans!!!

  • pohlmannmail - 2012-11-30 19:16

    The tigers are being driven to extinction by us humans, they are only acting naturally, as nature intended. We are encroaching on their living space. India (amongst all countries) needs to do something about their population explosion. We humans are destroying this planet, never mind the occasional victim to and animal, that is if this poor creature is actually the 'culprit'.

  • john.ashworth.5686 - 2012-11-30 19:19

    What has Bangladesh got to do with Thailand?

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