A FEMALE tiger was beaten with sticks and stabbed to death by a mob after reportedly mauling nine villagers in India.
The wild cat was brutally beaten by 31 villagers in India The tigress, who was reportedly six years old, died nine hours after the horrific attack
Harrowing footage shows a gang of villagers abusing the endangered tigress before the poor animal finally died nine hours later.
Local police have confirmed they have seen the video and 31 villagers are being investigated over the killing of the endangered animal.
Forestry officials who reached the Mataina village, located in India’s Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district, where the attack took place, said they had not been able to do anything to save the animal.
Officials are now also being investigated for failing to attempt to euthanize the injured tigress or attempt to treat it – with reports saying it took nine hours for the big cat to die.
The location where the incident took place is close to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve around 150 miles from the state capital Lucknow.
Tigers are one of the most endangered species in the world, they face extinction due to various factors including human interference.
According to WWF, there are only under 10,000 tigers left in the world – with only 2500 of them left in India.