Tigers trap hunters up trees for five days

Jul 09, 2013, 00:20 IST | Agencies

Five men have been rescued in an Indonesian national park after spending five days trapped in trees surrounded by Sumatran tigers.

Dozens of rescuers, including police, arrived at the Mount Leuser National Park on Sumatra Island to help the men.

They moved in after tamers managed to to drive the tigers away.

Several tigers attacked the group on Thursday after they accidentally killed a tiger cub. A sixth man died in the initial incident.

Andi Basrul, head of the national park, said the survivors were being transported to the nearest village.

Jamal Gayo, from the conservation group Leuser International Foundation, said the five were weak after not having had food for three days.

Villagers tried to rescue the men on Thursday, but retreated when they saw at least four large Sumatran tigers circling the base of the tree.

Earlier reports said the group, had set up deer traps for food, but accidentally caught a tiger cub.

The injured animal drew nearby tigers, who then pounced on the men and killed a 28-year-old only identified as David.

350 The number of Sumatran tigers left in the wild

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