Extremely Rare Tiger Found Dead In Trap — And She Was Pregnant

“The loss of this pregnant Sumatran tiger is one more tragic example of how indiscriminate these devices are" 💔

Sumatran tigers are the rarest in the world — it's believed that under 400 individuals exist today — and one little family was just entirely wiped out because of a snare trap

A 4-year-old pregnant wild Sumatran tiger was found dead late last month in a ravine in Indonesia. It was clear that she had struggled to break free from the trap, but it remained tight around her body. This constraint ruptured her kidney.

She had been expecting a male cub and a female cub before her life was cut short. 

This is a particularly cruel example of something that happens to wild animals across the world, according to Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense, an organization that aims to protect native wildlife in the U.S.

“The loss of this pregnant Sumatran tiger is one more tragic example of how indiscriminate these devices are," Fahy told The Dodo. "Every year in the United States thousands of dogs and cats and other non-target wildlife are caught in snares and other traps.”

Sumatran tiger
Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the world. | Shutterstock

Local authorities are investigating the death — a suspect has been brought in who is believed to have set the trap to catch wild pigs.

Critically endangered Sumatran tigers face other very pressing threats, as well. The expansion of palm oil plantations in the region means they have fewer wild forests in which to live. And poaching for tiger parts impacts tiger subspecies all over the world. 

Sumatran tiger and cub
Sumatran tiger and cub | Shutterstock

It's clear that in order for this rare and beautiful animal to be able to live any kind of natural life, human beings will need to make some changes so that they can be protected.

"No animal should suffer from these cruel barbaric devices," Fahy added about traps, which can lead to long and painful deaths. "This must stop."

You can help protect Sumatran tigers and other wild cats in need by making a donation to Panthera. You can also protect predators here at home by supporting Predator Defense