The anesthetized Indochinese tiger thrown off a truck on National Highway 1A in Nghe An Province on the evening of June 13. Photo: Ngoc Tu
Police in the north-central province of Nghe An on Friday handed over two Indochinese tigers, which were thrown off a truck on a national highway during a police chase, to a wildlife rescue center.
At around 8:30 p.m. traffic police signaled to stop the truck on the National Highway 1A’s section through Quynh Luu District for inspection as they found it “suspicious.”
But the truck driver ignored the order and sped up to flee.
A team of police officers chased after the truck.
When the truck arrived at a small road, the driver made a sharp turn to enter the road, while at the same time throwing two anesthetized Indochinese tigers on the ground.
The officers picked up the two animals, which were tied up, and the truck fled the scene.
The tigers, one weighing around 90 kilograms and the other 70 kilograms, were transported to the wildlife conservation center in Pu Mat National Park in the neighboring district of Con Cuong later that night.
Quynh Luu District police are hunting for the truck.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Indochinese tigers live in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and southwestern China.
Their status is poorly known compared to other tiger subspecies, but the extent of their recent decline is “serious,” IUCN said.
In 2007, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species categorized Indochinese tigers as endangered, after their population fell to less than 2,500 individuals with no known sub population of more than 250.
IUCN believed that the species is approaching the threshold of “critically endangered.”
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