China is home to approximately 1.4 billion people. That’s a lot of people! (By comparison, the United States only has 321.4 million people).
With so many people in one place, you’d be silly to think that strange things don’t happen from time to time. In this case, something super strange and unfortunate happened at a Chinese zoo.
Investors were angry at the lack of earnings from the zoo and apparently arranged for some men to capture animals and sell them outside of the zoo — the donkey included. The men were stopped by security guards and made the quick decision to throw the donkey into the Tiger’s enclosure. One of the investors behind it all told The Guardian that it was to “save on animal feed.”
WARNING: The video does contain some graphic images.
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“It’s a terribly sad video because everything in it is suffering, whether it’s the donkey, whether it’s the tigers, whether it’s the public watching them,” said Doug Cress, CEO at the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Note: The WAZA accredits zoos but has no affiliation with Yancheng Safari Park).
Cress also commented saying this should never have happened, “If the zoo had the proper barriers between humans and the enclosures, first you couldn’t have gotten the animals out of the enclosure, and second, you couldn’t have tossed them into the tiger enclosure. Clearly, the barrier and safeguards aren’t effective at that zoo.”
The tigers clearly weren’t as efficient at killing the donkey as they would have been in the wild, which dramatized it even more. South China Morning Post reported that it took the tigers more than 30 minutes to kill the donkey.
Needless to say, the whole incident has animal activists up in arms and has left many others feeling troubled and sad for the donkey.