Indonesia arrests five suspected poachers of pregnant tigers

PEKANBARU, INDONESIA (AP) – Indonesian authorities have arrested five suspected poachers of a pair of critically endangered pregnant Sumatran tigers and seized four foetuses that had been preserved in a jar, a forestry official said yesterday.The five suspects – four men and a woman – were arrested by a team of police and Forestry Ministry officers in separate raids in two villages in Riau province’s Pelalawan district last Saturday after receiving a tip from villagers, said local Environment and Forestry Law Enforcement Chief Eduward Hutapea.

Hutapea said police confiscated the four preserved foetuses and a piece of an adult tiger’s skin from the suspects, two of whom are believed to have been acting as sellers. He said police are investigating to see whether it is part of an illegal wildlife animal trading syndicate.

Indonesian men, wearing masks, being paraded with a seized Sumatran tiger skin and four tiger foetus in a jar, after they were caught by the wildlife enforcement team as they tried to sell these items in Pekanbaru, Riau. PHOTO: AFP