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'Shapeshifter' Tiger Killed by Indonesian Villagers Was Endangered

'Shapeshifter' Tiger Killed by Indonesian Villagers Was Endangered

This picture taken on March 4, 2018, shows the carcass of a Sumatran tiger hung from a ceiling as villagers gather underneath at Hatupangan village in North Sumatra. (Muhammad Agussalim/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 01:05 PM

A "shapeshifter" Sumatran tiger was killed and disemboweled by superstitious Indonesian villagers on Sunday impartial to the fact that the animal is listed as endangered, The Washington Post noted.

After the tiger was brutally slain, its body was strapped to a wooden plank and strung up from the ceiling of a public hall.

While the reason for killing the animal is unclear, local news reports suggest it was because villagers feared the tiger was a "siluman," or shapeshifter.

Batang Natal subdistrict head Lion Muslim Nasution told The Jakarta Post that residents were aware of the tiger's endangered status but decided to kill it because of floating rumors that the animal could be a mystical shape shifter.

"The tiger was sleeping under a resident's stilt house when the people struck him repeatedly in the abdomen with a spear," Nasution said.

Officials attempted to intervene before the animal was killed however, when villagers felt like their concerns were falling on deaf ears, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

"We explained to the villagers that the tiger is an endangered animal...but they didn't like our way of handling this situation," said Hotmauli Sianturi, of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency, according to Reuters.

"We regret that they killed the tiger. We will prove that its body parts are being traded," she added.

Further investigation showed that the tiger was missing several body parts such as its claws, tail and canine teeth, which could be used in traditional medicines or sold as artifacts.

The slaying came a day after the United Nation's World Wildlife Day, which celebrated big cats and was geared toward raising awareness of the animals' dwindling numbers, The Independent noted.

The Sumatran tiger is considered a critically endangered species and there are only between 400 and 500 remaining in their natural Sumatra habitats.

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