MALACCA, June 3, 2015:The fate of the tiger which claimed the life of its trainer in a resort in Alor Gajah yesterday now lies in the hands of the Malacca Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).
Alor Gajah district police chief Supt Muhammad Ismail Muhammad Yusuf said the 34-year-old trainer sustained injuries to his neck and head when the tiger mauled him during feeding time at 2pm.
“We have classified this incident as ‘Sudden Death Report’,” Muhammad Ismail said to The Rakyat Post when contacted today.
He added following the injuries, the Indonesian national who had been training the tigers in the resort for the past eight-years was quickly taken to the Tampin Hospital to undergo medical attention.
“However, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 2.20pm upon his arrival at the hospital.”
Meanwhile, the resort’s management said the tiger had now been isolated from the rest for observation with tiger related activities having been put on hold until further notice.
“Earlier in the morning, Perhilitan representatives were here to investigate into the matter and we are now currently awaiting their report,” the resort spokesperson said.
It is also understood that a meeting was taking place on the matter at the time when The Rakyat Post contacted the spokesperson this afternoon.
The spokesperson said this was first such incident to occur at the resort, adding the trainer had eight-years of experience in training the tigers.
The age of the tiger is unknown.
When quizzed if there is a possibility the tiger might be put to sleep, the spokesperson said no conclusions had been made.
“We have not made any conclusions as we are awaiting advice from Perhilitan.
“They are now looking into the matter and we await their advice as they are the experts.”
Attempts to contact Malacca Perhilitan director, Noorzakiahanum Mohd Noh for comment proved futile.