A rare Sumatran tiger has died after his transferral to an Indonesia park was aborted and he was put on a second flight because passengers complained about the smell, an official said.
The eight-year-old big cat was being sent with other animals on a commercial flight Tuesday from Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra island to a conservation centre on Java island.
But during a scheduled stopover in Medan, Sumatra, the national carrier Garuda Indonesia decided to unload the animals and fly them back to Banda Aceh, citing passengers’ complaints about unpleasant odors, said provincial conservation agency chief Afan Absory on Thursday.
“When the tiger arrived in Banda Aceh on the same day, we found out that it was already dead,” he told AFP. The tiger was flying alongwith a gibbon and two bearcats, which have a distinctive smell…