A tiger thought to have gone extinct in the wilds of Asia may have turned up unexpectedly.

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The Javan tiger, not seen for 40 years in Indonesia, has been photographed recently by rangers at Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java.

The pictures set off a flurry of excitement to an area of the world where natural places are being marginalized due to environmental factors.

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Widely shared on social media, the pictures still have some skeptical about the tiger’s return.

?When the video is frozen the effect is that it looks like a tiger,? said Wulan Pusparini, a tiger expert at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

However, Pusparini cautioned it could instead by a Javan leopard — which is merely an endangered species, seldom seen.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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