Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tiger on the loose in central Vietnam plains

Tiger on the loose in central Vietnam plains

An investigation launched by local authorities in a central province after a farmer reported hearing a tiger growling near his home last week found the animal's footprints in the vicinity.


The forestry unit of Phu My District in the central province of Binh Dinh reported the strange footprints found on a farmland of My Hiep Commune, which is located at the foot of a mountain, belonged to a Panthera tigris – the largest species of tiger.

"Measurements of the steps, jumps and footprints showed that the tiger is about 1.3 to 1.6-meter long and weighs more than 100 kilograms," the unit reported.

Deputy Head of the unit Nguyen Dinh Thanh told Thanh Nien the footprints extended for 300 meters on the farmland.

"The tiger came from the forest from the headwaters area, based on what the footprints revealed," he said.

Le Van Phi, the head of the unit, suggested that perhaps disturbance in the forest caused the tiger to roam about in search of another home, although he added that it is very rare in Vietnam for a wild tiger to venture into a residential area alone.

Nguyen Viet Cuong, head of the communal People's Committee, said such an unprecedented case was creating panic among locals even though no one has yet to see the beast.

Phu My People's Committee has ordered authorities of My Hiep and My Hoa communes, which are located near the scene of the footprints, to ban residents from entering or pasturing animals in proximity of the forest.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/society/?catid=3&newsid=38848
 


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