This footage shows a gang of villagers armed with sticks beating an endangered tigress before the poor animal reportedly finally died nine hours later.
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Local police have confirmed they have seen the video and 31 villagers are being investigated over the killing of the endangered animal.
Forestry officials who reached the Mataina village, located in India’s Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district, where the attack took place, said they had not been able to do anything to save the animal.
The officials are now also being investigated for failing to attempt to euthanise the injured tigress or attempt to treat it – with reports saying it took nine hours for the big cat to die.
The location where the incident took place is close to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve around 150 miles from the state capital Lucknow.
The harrowing video footage shows the tiger, which was reportedly around six years old, repeatedly being hit by the villagers. It also reportedly suffered severe cuts and broken bones. A post-mortem is being carried out to determine an exact cause of death.
The footage also includes commentary from a person explaining that the animal was being killed because it had attacked and injured a villager.
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve field director H Rajamohan told news agency IANS said that the tigress had stab wounds over almost her entire body as well as broken ribs.
The reserve said that around 16 tigers and three leopards had been killed since 2012 as a result of human interference – which included poisoning and the use of snares.
Tigers (Panthera tigris) are listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.
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