(Pict for illustration purposes only) A 5-year-old male Sumatran tiger is seen yawning in Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The Pahang Department of Wildlife and National Parks is to send an officer to the Bukit Pelindung recreational area near Teluk Chempedak here to conduct a check following a social media viral report that a tiger was sighted there. AFP Photo

KUANTAN: The Pahang Department of Wildlife and National Parks is to send an officer to the Bukit Pelindung recreational area near Teluk Chempedak here to conduct a check following a social media viral report that a tiger was sighted there.

Its director, Ahmad Azhar Mohammed, said the department itself had not received any report that the animal was seen there.

“Someone may have seen a civet cat which, at a glance, resembles a tiger,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

Ahmad Azhar advised people who had seen a tiger there to lodge a report with the department immediately.

He also said that people should not share information on social media unless they had verified it from the right sources.

Some time ago, a photograph was circulated on social media about a tiger spotted in Terengganu but it turned out that the picture was taken elsewhere, he said.

Ahmad Azhar said the department would announce any sighting of a wild animal in a public place to warn people of the danger. --Bernama

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