TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Aceh Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) released a Sumatran tiger cub (Panthera tigris sumatrae) that has recovered from the snare wound, to Mount Leuser National Park.
"After some observations and thorough health check, the veterinarian team said that he has recovered and could be released to his nature," head of Aceh BKSDA Agus Arianto said on Sunday.
Arianto said, the tiger cub named Danau Putra was released to the Mt Leuser National Park (TNGL) on Saturday (Jan 30) with the help of the military and police, the Forum for Leuser Conservation and the subdistrict head.
Danau Putra was found trapped on its right foreleg in a villager's field in Gulo Village, Darul Hasanah Subdistrict of Southeast Aceh District on January 22, 2021.
"The wire snare has caused serious wound to the tiger cub, when he tried to free himself from the snare," he said.
The BKSDA team evacuated the tiger cub to Kutacane, the capital of Southeast Aceh District, for further medical treatment.
The Sumatran tiger cub aged between 1-1.5 years and weight 50 kilograms was released in a forest area some three kilometers from the location where he got trapped.
"Local villagers believe that the tiger cub came from the Mount Leuser National Park hence he should be returned to where he belongs," he said.
Arianto has called on people living around the forest to help protect the endangered species and its habitat.
The law has banned the use of snare, poison, and high-voltage fence that could harm the protected animal.