Wed, 08 Feb 2023

JAKARTA, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- A female Sumatran tiger, captured in August, was returned to her original habitat in Mount Leuser National Park in Gayo Lues, Aceh, Indonesia's Environment and Forestry Ministry said Monday.

The tiger, named Bestie, was transported by helicopter from Blangkejeren Airport to be released in Keudah on Friday.

"Keudah is the habitat of the Sumatran tiger in Mount Leuser National Park which is inhabited by tiger prey such as deer, antelope and forest goats," a ministry spokesperson Nunu Anugrah said.

When villagers trapped her in Sei Sirah of Langkat Regency in August, Bestie weighed only 65 kg with a wound on her tail.

After three months in care at the Sumatran Tiger Sanctuary in Barumun, she has grown to 80 kg and is in good health for release.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the Sumatran tiger on the red list of critically endangered animals.

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