A Chinese villager has reportedly killed and eaten the country's last wild Indochinese tiger.
Kang Wannian, from Mengla in Yunnan Province, encountered the beast at a nature park while foraging for clams along the country's border with Laos, according to London's Daily Telegraph.
Kang was sentenced to 12 years in jail by a local court, the newspaper reports, citing dispatches in the Chinese media.
In 2007, the last known wild Indochinese tiger in China was photographed at the same park where Kang slaughtered the animal. It has not been seen since Kang's crime.
Government officials were quoted in local media denying there was any evidence that Kang's tiger was the last one, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Kang maintains he killed the large cat in self-defense.
He reportedly received 10 years for killing an endangered animal and two years for a firearms charge.
Four accomplices -- alleged to have helped Kang butcher the beast, then joined in eating it -- reportedly received three to four years for "covering up and concealing criminal gains."
The tiger species is teetering on the edge of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 still roaming the forests of Asia.
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Just in case there is anyone here that cares. I hate to be the grinch, but big cats don't cease to be in trouble just because it's the holidays or because we ignore them. Apathy is the greater sin, in my mind.