Agriculture Tycoon Claims Tigers Killed His Pigs

Agriculture tycoon Mong Reththy said on Thursday he believes tigers were responsible for killing 20 pigs at his farm in Sihanoukville on Monday.

Mr. Reththy, who is also a CPP senator, said the animals were found dead at his piggery located 8 km from Bokor Mountain.

“I think that the pigs were probably killed by tigers because my pig farm is located near the foot of the mountain,” he said, adding that he thought five tigers must have been responsible as five of the pigs had been devoured.

Mr. Reththy said it was the first suspected tiger attack at the piggery since he established it five years ago.

However, he also speculated that tigers were behind an attack on eight cows, which killed two of the animals, at the same farm in 2000.

“My workers are scared of the tigers, but I told them, ‘Do not worry, because they only came to eat the pigs,’” he said.

The World Wildlife Fund, a conservation NGO, estimates there are no more than 30 wild tigers left in Cambodia, mostly concentrated in Mondolkiri’s dry forests.

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