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Tiger Merapi Hovering in Village

Tiger Merapi

Tigers from the slopes of Mount Merapi seen wandering Karanganyar Hamlet, Village Ngargomulyo, Shaman District, Magelang regency, Central Java, since two nights ago.

"It's been two nights in a row we know there are signs of leopard presence in our village," said Chief Hamlet Karanganyar, Thursday (47) in Magelang, Monday.

He claimed to ensure animal sounds on Thursday (13/11) and Friday (14/11) night was a tiger.

In fact, he says, on Thursday (13/11) night he had shined the flashlight to a tiger in a corral near the local people when he was patrolling.

Most of the local villagers, about six miles west of the summit of Mount Merapi was until recently still in the various refugee camps to avoid casualties due to subsequent volcanic eruption on the border between Central Java, Yogyakarta Special Region.

He said the number of local residents as much as 45 heads of families or 130 souls. During an eruption of Merapi, since October 26, 2010 to the present, about 10 residents, especially men still persist at the local hamlet, while others, especially women, children, and elderly people are in refugee camps especially in Muntilan.

"I know exactly if it is a tiger, there tutulnya, about the size of a goat," he said.

When he highlighted the tiger it with a flashlight, he said, the beast and then walked slowly left the corral local residents. "We do not interfere with the important principle," he said.

He said that on Friday (14/11) night Mooo tiger was heard a number of local residents.

"But that Friday (14/11) evening, we were not close to that sound, only heard his voice, but we make sure it is a tiger," he said.

He claimed to be able to distinguish between "Mooo tiger with other animals.

Possibility, he said, in the region higher than the local hamlet, tiger was not getting food because the impact of the eruption of Merapi. "So the beast down to our village," he said.

About two months before the first eruption of Merapi (26/10) evening, he said, he also saw a leopard roaming the local agricultural area.

Other local residents, Surandi (70), admitted, heard groans tiger on Friday (14/11) night.

"That night, we were on guard in the village sengja not approach the sound source, but it is the voice of the tiger," he said.


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