Boys and girls, we have some sad news for you.
Remember the friendly Malayan tigers that was spotted roaming around freely in Kampung Besul, Terengganu last weekend before it was caught by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan)?
Well, sadly, one of the tigers has died.
Perhilitan said in a statement posted on their Facebook page said the tiger named Awang Besul died at about 5.30am on Tuesday (23 July) at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, Perak.
The department said the tiger is believed to have died due to Canine Distemper Virus (CDV), a disease known to easily attack domestic and wild animals.
“Intensive monitoring on Awang Besul from 20 to 23 July showed that there were neurological clinical signs, namely being not aggressive, walking in one direction, seizure attacks and signs of respiratory tract infection.
“Blood samples were taken and was sent to the Veterinary Research Institute on 21 July. The virology results showed that Awang Besut was CDV positive.
“Perhilitan also does not rule out the possibility that ‘Canine Distemper’ which affected Awang Besul was spread by other wild animal in the surrounding area,” the statement said.
News of the tame tiger roaming the streets of Kampung Besul spread like wildfire on the internet over the weekend, prompting a lot of people to visit the area to catch a glimpse of the feline.
Perhilitan had earlier even cautioned the public to not take a selfie
with the animal.
The tiger, which was estimated to weigh about 130kg, was caught at about 3.30pm on 19 July, after being shot with a tranquilliser dart. He was later transported to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre.
Goodbye Awang Besul, you will be missed.