Writhing in agony in a poacher's barbed wire trap which cut him to the bone, this endangered Malayan tiger had a lucky escape after wildlife officials rescued him.
The 120kg cat was removed from the deadly snare yesterday after being tranquilised by Malaysian wildlife authorities.
The five-year-old male’s front limb had been caught in sharp steel string in the country’s north Perak state jungle, close to the border with Thailand. Two other traps were found nearby.
Saved: Authorities tranquilised the injured male tiger after he became entangled in a poacher's trap
Wildlife director Shabrina Mohamad Shariff said the tiger was taken to a zoo in southern Malacca state for treatment of a deep paw injury.
It is understood the big cat's limb was cut to the bone as he struggled to free himself.
Ms Shariff warned that poachers face up to five years in jail and a hefty fine if they are caught.
Pain: Sharp wire had to be removed from the tiger's paw
Authorities estimate there are only around 500 Malayan tigers left in the world – with the vast majority in Malaysia.
Their prized body parts are smuggled abroad for use in traditional medicine.
The government claims Malaysia is committed to an ambitious plan to double the tiger population by 2020.
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