The Malayan tiger captured in a village in Dungun, Terengganu after it was spotted strolling casually has died from the canine distemper virus, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) said today.
In a statement, the department said the tiger, named Awang Besul, sported injuries to its legs and an eye infection. It was also dehydrated when it was captured.
The Malayan Tiger was transferred to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, for intensive treatment from Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and was quarantined.
“Observations at the NWRC between July 20 to July 23 show neurological symptoms. It was not aggressive, walking in circles, experienced seizures and had nasal discharge.
“After various efforts to treat and save Awang Besul, we are saddened to inform that at 5.30am, Awang Besul was confirmed dead at the NWRC by Perhilitan’s veterinary doctor, and a post-mortem would be conducted soon,” said Perhilitan.