Malayan tiger tragically killed on Bentong Expressway

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A driver in Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia collided with a critically endangered Malayan tiger today, Thursday, May 16th, 2024. The incident occurred along the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway near Lentang.

The adult tiger, estimated to be around five years old, was sadly killed in the collision. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) confirmed the animal's identity as a Malayan tiger, a species with a dwindling population of less than 200 remaining in the wild.

According to Rozidan Md Yasin, director of Perhilitan, the tiger likely originated from the nearby Bukit Tinggi forest reserve. Dashcam footage circulating online shows the tiger attempting to cross the highway before being struck by the car. Fortunately, the driver escaped unharmed.

This incident highlights the ongoing challenges of habitat loss and fragmentation faced by endangered wildlife in Malaysia. It serves as a reminder of the importance of safe passage for animals crossing roads and maintaining wildlife corridors.

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