A tiger and her two tiger cubs were found dead in the Sumatran forest after being caught in a hunting trap. The mother tiger was entangled in a steel wire trap. People from a local village found the deceased tigers in the Sumatran forest and contacted the authorities to let them know. 

Agus Irianto, the head of the Natural Resource Conservation Agency’s branch in Aceh, said, “The mother was entangled in the neck and left hind leg, while the left front leg was rotting. We are very saddened by this incident.”

The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered, with only a few hundred known to be left in the wild. They are most endangered because of their rainforest habitat being destroyed. They are also poached for certain body parts that are used in traditional Chinese medicine.

This tragedy comes after other Sumatran tigers were found dead, one due to eating a sheep contaminated with poison. The increase in Sumatran tiger deaths is incredibly startling and heartbreaking, as their numbers are slowly lessening and their species is quickly disappearing.

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