Wild Indo-Chinese tiger now extinct in China

XINHUA

A villager, who killed and ate the last wild Indochinese tiger in China, has been sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined 85,000 US dollars.

Kang Wannian, the Chinese villager and another man shot dead the only known wild Indochinese tiger in China in February claiming it was self-defense.

The men said they ran and left the scene after they realized they had killed the Indochinese Tiger, which was on China’s list of endangered species.

They later came back to collect the corpse and took the skinned animal home and ate it with six other men.

Kang was sentenced to 10 years in jail for catching and killing a rare endangered animal plus two years for illegal possession of a gun. The court ordered him to pay a fine of 85,000 dollars, state media reported Tuesday.

The local court found four other men guilty of covering up the crime, and sentenced them to four years in jail.

The Indochinese tiger is on the brink of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 left in the forests of Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Elsewhere, police said eight tigers and a lioness belonging to a private Russian travelling circus died during a 20-hour truck trip across Siberia.

Poor ventilation inside the heated truck is to blame for the death of the precious endangered animals. An investigation of this incident is underway.

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