The tiger which was caught by the authorities after it was found roaming in a village in Terengganu recently, has died.

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) in a statement, said the five-year-old animal, nicknamed "Awang Besol" died about 5.30am today at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, Perak, despite intensive efforts to save it.

According to Perhilitan, the Malayan tiger was stricken with the Canine Distemper virus - a contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous system of a variety of animal families, including tigers.

"If the disease infects a tiger, it will display behaviour of not being afraid of humans and there is a slim chance of the animal healing.

"We do not rule out the possibility that the Canine Distemper affecting Awang Besul was spread by other wild animals around Kampung Besul in Dungun, Terengganu," read the statement.

The tiger was tranquilised and captured about 3.45pm last Friday, just a day after it was captured on video, casually strolling around Kampung Besul.

The animal did not display any aggressive behaviour, despite being surrounded by vehicles and people.

Perhilitan said it had placed tiger traps in the village as a safety precaution and urged members of the public to contact them at 1-800-88-5151 if they came across other tigers.

With the passing of Awang Besul, there's one less of the 200 Malayan tigers that remain in Peninsular Malaysia today.

There were over 3,000 of the majestic beasts in the wild in the 1950s, but the number has staggeringly dropped in just over 6 decades.

The government had in March this year, warned that the species is likely to become extinct in the next 5 to 10 years, if no drastic measures are taken to protect it.

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Photo source: Perhilitan Facebook