Monday, 15 July 2013

Plight of five hunters who have been stuck up a tree for four days with tigers prowling below: One man has already been eaten and rescue party will not arrive until mid-week

  • Five men have been trapped up a tree by prowling Sumatran tiger
  • Tigers killed a sixth member of the party and ate half of his remains 
  • Group may remain there for another three days, it has been revealed The men were hunted down by tigers after they unwittingly killed a tiger cub.

Finding the cub dying from its injuries, the pack of tigers gave chase after the men and caught one, named only as David. He was quickly torn apart and half his body consumed.

The men, from Simpang Kiri village in Aceh, northern Sumatra, had gone into the dense forest in search of agar wood, which is very rare, expensive and used in the production of incense and aromatic oils.

Just 1lb of agar wood can fetch up to £175, resulting in villagers risking their lives to enter the jungles of the Gunung Leuser National Park where tigers and dangerous elephants roam.

'We can't go rushing in to rescue the men in the tree because of the remoteness and because of the tigers still being there at the base of the tree,' said Police Chief Dicky Sondani.

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