The parents of the nine-year-old boy who had his arm bitten off while trying to feed a bear at a Henan zoo have asked for 1.6 million yuan ($258,000) in compensation for his injuries, to which the zoo replied that the sum demanded was too large.
Cong Cong, the boy who lost his arm, was wandering alone through the zoo section of Pingdingshan’s Hebin Park and came upon a black bear cage. He decided to feed the bear inside, hopping over the guard railing and reaching into the cage.
Following an attack by the bear he was rushed to the hospital, but little could be done to save his right arm. His parents were angered by the park’s lack of security precautions and that no-one from the park had visited their son in the hospital. The park did contribute 80,000 RMB for emergency rescue and hospital treatment.
According to Zhenzhou Evening News, after meeting in court to settle the case, the zoo reportedly acknowledged their negligence but refused to pay the total 1.6 million yuan requested by the family as it was “too demanding.”
The compensation would include 80,000 yuan in emotional damages, 750,000 yuan towards a prosthetic limb and 120,000 yuan for the maintenance of the limb.
The attorney representing Cong Cong produced evidence highlighting serious lapses in security procedures at the zoo which led to the accident. The zoo responded that it wasn’t their responsibility to pay such a large share of compensation given that the child’s guardian had left him unattended.
The court is yet to pass a judgement.
By Lucy Liu