Why roving tiger Awang Besul didn’t attack anyone

A screen grab of ‘Awang Besul’, the roving tiger which was found wandering in Kampung Besul Lama, Bukit Besi in Dungun. (Facebook screengrab)

KUALA NERUS: ‘Awang Besul’, the roving tiger caught on Friday by wildlife officers probably had Canine Distemper, the director-general of wildlife, Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim, said today.

He said this conclusion was based on preliminary observations by the department’s wild animal specialists and the Terengganu Veterinary Services Department which also took part in the operation to catch the animal which was found wandering in Kampung Besul Lama, Bukit Besi in Dungun,

He said canine distemper was a disease stemming from a virus which normally attacked domestic animals such as cats and dogs and there were also other cases involving wild animals such as tigers, wolves and foxes.

‘’Such attacks will result in the animals becoming confused and cannot differentiate its predatory nature. This could be the reason why it did not harm the humans and livestock it came across.

‘’Normal tigers will not reject people or livestock. If they don’t eat them, they will attack them as it is their nature,’’ he told reporters after delivering a talk on wildlife management at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu here, today.

However, he said, this could only be confirmed after the results of a blood test on the male tiger was obtained in two more weeks.

‘’According to the information from the staff at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Sungkai, Perak where the tiger was sent, Awang Besul is recovering and can eat and drink well,’’ he added.