It had been just another regular day on the job for Robert Nababan. He was headed home from work in the Riau province of Sumatra. According to Nababan, he was cruising along on his moped when he came across two people trying to cross a road – but they were unable to, due a large obstacle. Nababan decided to help get it out of the way. This wasn’t just a fallen tree or a rock, though. This obstacle had fangs.
There are many dangers in the forests of Sumatra, the biggest being the Asian Elephant. Although they are normally pretty peaceful animals, elephants can turn deadly if they identify a threat to their young. Male elephants will also attack humans, and even objects, when they are in their “musth” phase. That’s four to five tons of pure aggression which it’s wise to steer clear of.
The island is also home to the Sumatran tiger, a formidable predator which is said to be strong enough to break the legs of a buffalo or a horse. In one incident in 2013 Sumatran tigers killed one man and kept five others stuck up a tree for days while they circled below. They might be the smallest breed of tiger – but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous.