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Published on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wild tiger injures tourist in Indonesia

A tourist was injured and a farmer was killed in an attack by an endangered Sumatran tiger in rural Indonesia.

It happened at the farmer's coffee plantation, according to Genman Hasibuan, head of the South Sumatra conservation agency.

"The farmer was attacked while he was cutting a tree at his plantation," he told AFP.

The condition of the tourist is unclear although it is hought to be 'serious.'

It is thought to be the same big cat which attacked a group of tourists camping at a tea plantation in South Sumatra's Mount Dempo region a day earlier.

Hasibuan said the tiger stormed the tent and one tourist was hospitalised for treatment to back wounds.

The animals are highly endangered due to shrinking habitats.

Both the Sumatran tiger and Sumatran elephant have designated conservation areas but some were destroyed in the recent spate of forest fires.

These areas are also being encroached by small scale farming and plantations, leading to more frequent animal-human conflicts.

Several fatal attacks against farmers or plantation workers have occurred in the past few years.

There are about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

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