Five people in Indonesia have been arrested for poaching after authorities found the skin of a protected Sumatran tiger and four foetuses in a jar.
It’s not clear if the foetuses were taken from the adult tiger whose skin was taken.
Tiger cubs are born blind and are totally dependent on their mother for the first few months of their lives.
The Environment and Forestry Ministry made arrests after receiving a tip-off. Two suspects are believed to have been acting as sellers. They face a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of 100 million rupiah or $7,100.
The Sunda subspecies of tiger was once found on the Indonesian islands of Java, Bali, and Sumatra. They are now found only on Sumatra.
The Indonesian Sumatran tigers are critically endangered, with fewer than 400 believed to be left in the wild.
According to wildlife trade monitoring network Traffic, poaching for trade is responsible for almost 80% of Sumatran tiger deaths – amounting to 40 deaths a year.
Some parts of the tiger, like the bones, are believed to have medicinal values in parts of Asia.