A breeder at the Nanchang Zoo in Jiangxi province was removed from his position after the zoo confirmed a video showing him abusing a 40-day-old South China tiger.
The recorded video showed the breeder in a red coat slapping the cub’s head violently at around 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon. At around 11:00 in the evening, he brought his friend to the nursery chamber without authorization and left his friend to play with the cub.
At 5:00 or so on the following morning, he once again entered the room, gripped the cub’s forelegs and then shook the animal fiercely. He finally threw the little tiger onto the ground from 1.5 meters high.
An official at the zoo told reporters that the breeder had been dismissed from his job the day after the incident occurred and that after examination, the cub was found to be in good health. The head of the zoo added that they’ll carry out extensive preventive measures so as to ensure such incidents do not happen again.
The South China tiger is the smallest of all the tiger subspecies and is the most critically endangered. There are around 100 South China tigers in breeding sanctuaries around the world, but one has not been sighted in the wild for over 25 years.
The South China tiger (panthera tigris amoyensis) is a tiger subspecies that was native to the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan and Jiangxi in southern China. Today, South China tigers are found in zoos and in South Africa.
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Last November, an official breeder was caught on camera beating up a giant panda from the Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Kindergarten in the Sichuan Giant Panda Research Centre.
By Lucy Liu
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