Elsa, an adult female Sumatran tiger, has spent more than 1 year in a narrow metal cage measuring 1.5 x 2 meters. This horrible cage has injured her shoulder and leg.
Early last year, Elsa lived in the forest of Kaur district in Bengkulu province of Indonesia. His striped skin was so scary for those who encountered her. However, she had a bad fortune. Her exotic striped skin had attracted the attention of hunters. This Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) was snared in April 2014.
One of her front legs was injured when she was rescued by local community together with conservation agency (BKSDA) in Bengkulu. The wound got worse and rot and later amputated. Since she was snared, her quality of life has changed drastically into a worse condition. One of her four claws has been missing.
She has to sleep in a narrow iron cage and because of her hefty body it is hard for her to move. It has now been more than a year since Elsa was forced being unable to hunt for her own food.
"She has to be fed with 40 kilograms of chicken meat per day in order for her to survive,” said an officer BKSDA in Bengkulu.
In March 2015, Elsa got a new friend in the backyard of BKSDA office in Bengkulu, ie. , an adult male Sumatran tiger, later named Giring. He is also placed in a cage with similar sie to Elsa cage.
History of Giring is fairly bad. This tiger, with a height of more than 80 centimeters and a body length of almost two meters, was cached because he preyed on man in forest area of Seluma in Bengkulu province.
Inevitably, Giring finally forced to set up to be arrested to avoid other victims and also for his own safety.
The presence of Giring in a narrow and torturous iron cage at the back yard of BKSDA office in Bengkulu is not a good news for Elsa. Before arrival of Giring, Elsa got 40 kg of chicken meat and now should share the 40 kg with Giring (each get 20 kg)
Both are also forced to accept meals provided by BKSDA officer. They both have lost their chance to hunt for their own meal on the forest floor and no more chance to play among them in the forest.