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Two killed by tiger in Thailand

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YALA, Thailand, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Two people were mauled to death in the past week by a tiger near a rubber plantation in Yala Province in southern Thailand, police said.

The footprints of an adult and young tiger were seen where Hyaya Seng, 44, was found headless and with deep scratches across his back last week, and Pranee Mahusuk, 44, died Monday after being slashed across the face and neck as her husband attempted to shoot the tiger, Betong district Deputy Police Chief Urupong Chanakul said.

"It is likely the same tiger killed the victim last week," said Urupong, noting the incidents were only 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) apart.

Thailand is a hub of international wildlife smuggling and one of 13 countries hosting fragile tiger populations, the Bangkok Post said Tuesday.

The World Wildlife Federation estimates fewer that 300 tigers remain in the wild in Thailand.
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