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Four tigers found at suburban Jakarta home

Bengal tigers found in a garden in Jakarta (9 February 2010)
A pair of tigers and three cubs were found in Jakarta earlier this month

Indonesian conservation officials have discovered four fully-grown tigers at a house in Jakarta, along with several rare cockatoos and birds of paradise.

They are now trying to establish whether the tigers belong to the endangered Sumatran species, of which there are only about 400 in the wild.

A conservation officer told the BBC they were looking for the homeowner.

He or she could face a heavy fine and a prison sentence of up to five years for illegally keeping the animals as pets.

Earlier this month, officials discovered a pair of adult tigers and three cubs that had been raised by a man in Jakarta over the last 25 years.

The Indonesian government has said it is considering entrusting Sumatran tigers to private individuals for safe-keeping in an attempt to save the species.

Much of the forest they live in has been has been lost to illegal logging and deforestation.



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