Thieves Kill Sumatran Tiger, Swipe Pricey Fur, Bones

Sales of endangered species persist despite tough laws
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2009 3:02 PM CDT
An activist in tiger costume takes part in a demonstration against Sumatran tiger and elephant trade in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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(Newser) – Thieves at an Indonesian zoo slaughtered an endangered tiger and swiped most of its body in a caper officials believe was motivated by greed, the AP reports. “It was sadistic,” said the director of the zoo, where staffers found the remains of the female tiger yesterday. “The killers left only its intestines in the cage.” The fur and bones of Sumatran tigers are highly valuable and are often sold openly in Indonesia, despite strict laws banning such trade.