Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the birds of Kunming, this weekend it was revealed that two peacocks are believed to have died from shock after being picked up by Chinese tourists for pictures and having their feathers plucked during the CNY rush.
According to Sina, the Yunnan Wild Animal Park is home to some 6,800 peacocks. One area of the zoo allows tourists to roam around an area with hundreds of peacocks, where they can feed the birds and take pictures of them.
Photos hit the web over the weekend showing some tourists taking this freedom too far to the shock and dismay of netizens across China. The zoo has since confirmed the deaths of two of its peacocks during the Spring Festival holiday. While investigations are still underway, officials believe that they had been killed by the “violent behavior” of tourists holding the birds too tightly.
Netizens have called for severe punishment against the tourists, even asking for them to suffer the same awful fate as the peacocks.
“This woman should have all her hairs plucked out one by one, so she can see how it feels,” commented one netizen.
[Images via Sina]