Harimau Terkam dan Tewaskan Pekerja Kelapa Sawit di Riau

Tiger Mauls Indonesian Palm Oil Plantation Worker to Death

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi

Harimau Terkam dan Tewaskan Pekerja Kelapa Sawit di Riau
Harimau Sumatera (Foto: AFP/MailOnline)

HARIMAU Sumatera menerkam dan menewaskan seorang pekerja perkebunan kelapa sawit Indonesia, Kamis, yang disorot media asing sebagai salah satu dari serangkaian konflik mematikan antara manusia dengan hewan liar seperti harimau akibat penggundulan huta untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit.

Jumiatik, 30, ditemukan tewas di perkebunan sawit di Provinsi Riau di Sumatera, Rabu, dengan luka gigitan harimau yang menggigit di leher dan kakinya, kata polisi.

Korban saat kejadian sedang bekerja mengumpulkan data tentang hama tanaman dengan dua rekan wanita sebelum harimau tersebut muncul dan mengejar ketiganya hingga sejauh 200 meter di tengah perkebunan sawit.

Dua rekan kerjanya, yang selamat dari serangan mematikan tersebut, mengatakan kepada polisi bahwa mereka mencoba menyelamatkan diri dari terkaman harimau dengan berlindung di pohon kelapa sawit, namun harimau tersebut menggigit kaki Jumatik sebelum menerkamnya.

"Jumiatik berjuang menyelamatkan diri dari cengkerama harimau sekitar 15 menit, kata kepala polisi setempat, Iptu Rafi kepada AFP seperti dilansir MailOnline.

A SUMATRAN tiger has mauled an Indonesian palm oil plantation worker to death, officials said Thursday, the latest in a string of deadly conflicts between humans and animals blamed on rampant deforestation.

Jumiatik, 30, was found dead at the plantation in Riau province on Sumatra island Wednesday with horrific bite wounds on her neck and legs, police said.

The victim, who like many Indonesians went by one name, was collecting data on pests with two female colleagues before the tiger appeared and chased the trio some 200 metres (655 feet) through the plantation.

Her two workmates, who survived the brutal attack, told authorities they tried to evade the animal by scrambling up oil palm trees, but the tiger latched onto Jumiatik´s leg and dragged her to the ground.

"Jumiatik struggled with the tiger for about 15 minutes," local police chief Iptu Rafi told AFP.

"(She) suffered serious injuries on parts of her neck and was eventually killed."

There have been several cases in recent years of tigers killing people in Indonesia, where logging of rainforest to make way for palm oil plantations is destroying animals´ habitat and bringing them into closer contact with humans.

Last month, a pregnant elephant was found dead at another palm oil plantation on Sumatra, in what authorities suspect was a deliberate poisoning after the elephant ate farmers´ fertiliser.

Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered by protection group the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with 400 to 500 remaining in the wild.