Tigers Trap Men In Indonesian Jungle For 5 Days, Mauling One To Death

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 9, 2013 10:47 AM EDT

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Sumatran tigers trapped five men for five days in Indonesia. The men had gone into Gunung Leuser National Park in search of agarwood. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

A group of five Indonesian men trapped by Sumatran tigers for five days were finally rescued on Monday.

The trapped men were located in Gunung Leuser National Park, a roughly 5,000 square mile area on Sumatra Island in Indonesia. The tiger-trapped men had headed to Gunung Park in search of agarwood, a rare and expensive wood which is used to make incense.

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The men laid food traps on their journey into the park, hoping to catch deer. But when a tiger cub got caught in their trap, the men were attacked by adult tigers.

Chased by the tigers, the men ran up into trees, where they remained for five days. One of the men apparently fell from the tree when the branch he was on snapped. He was mauled to death by the tigers.

The five remaining tiger-trapped men stayed in the tree for five days, as the tigers below them didn't move. The men drank rainwater to stay alive, said police Chief Dicky Sondani. 

The trapped men sent text messages to villagers. It took a rescue team three days to reach the trigger-trapped men, who were in a rugged area of the park.

On Monday, the 30-strong rescue team found the tiger-trapped men, chasing away the animals at the base of the tree. The five surviving tiger-trapped men were taken to the hospital, where they're all expected to recover.  

The park is wildlife-rich, with elephants, tigers and more, and is one of the two remaining habitats for the Sumatran orangutan. The critically endangered Sumatran tiger is only found on Sumatra Island.

The Gunung Leuser National Park is off-limits to visitors, let alone agarwood-harvesters, so the men may face charges.

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