Indonesian Villagers Kill Rare Sumatran Tiger Because They Believed It Was a Shapeshifter

March 4, 2018: The carcass of an endangered Sumatran tiger is pictured hanging from the beams of a public gathering space in an Indonesian village. (AFP/Getty)

Remote Indonesian villagers who were becoming increasingly fearful that a shapeshifter was hiding out in their community killed and disemboweled a rare Sumatran tiger on Sunday because they thought it harnessed supernatural powers, conservation officials say.

The bloodied carcass of the critically endangered big cat was photographed Sunday hanging from beams covering a public gathering space in Hatupangan in north Sumatra.

“Unfortunately they would not listen. They insisted on killing the tiger,” Hotmauli Sianturi, the regional head of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency, told Sky News. “After killing the animal, the locals hung up its body for display. It’s very regrettable.”

Authorities investigating the killing have discovered that the tiger is missing canine teeth, claws and skin off its face and tail – all body parts that can be used in medicine or sold in the black market, according to Reuters.

Activists said the tiger had been prowling in the area for more than a month and injured one person before it was tracked down and executed, the news agency added.

“The tiger was sleeping under a resident’s stilt house when the people struck him repeatedly in the abdomen with a spear,” Lion Muslim Nasution, an official in the Batang Natal subdistrict– where the village is located – told the Jakarta Post.

The attack on Sunday reportedly left two villagers seriously injured and happened despite repeated warnings from conservation officials to leave the tiger alone.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Greg Norman