Teenager killed by endangered Sumatran tiger in Indonesia

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An African lion cub frolics at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 26, 2015. Seven manchurian tiger cubs and four African lion cubs here, all of which are three months old, met with the press recently. (Xinhua/Yu Fangping) (lfj)

A 16-year-old boy has been killed by an endangered Sumatran tiger in Indonesia’s Riau province, an official said Monday.

The boy was accompanying his father who was working in a palm oil plantation in Siak district when he was mauled by the tiger on Sunday, said Muhammad Mahfud, an official at the provincial Nature Conservation Agency.

“We have set up a box trap so that the tiger can be relocated elsewhere,” Mahfud said.

The incident came less than a week after a mother tiger and her two cubs were killed after they were caught in a wire trap in Aceh, another province on Sumatra island.

The Sumatran tiger is the only tiger subspecies left in Indonesia after the tigers on the islands of Java and Bali became extinct years ago.

There are only about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, and their population is dwindling due to poaching and the loss of natural habitat caused by rapid deforestation for palm oil plantations.

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