On July 23rd, tigers attacked a pair of women who got out of their car inside Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife Park. One of the visitors was killed on the spot.
In the park, visitors are allowed to drive their private vehicles safari-style through areas filled with wild animals, including dangerous predators. The park warns visitors not to exit their vehicles.
However, when a family of four drove through the tiger enclosure, one woman had a dispute with the male driver, reports the Legal Evening News. Surveillance camera footage captures the moment that she gets out of the car to open the front door on the driver’s side, and a tiger suddenly appears behind her, dragging her away. An older woman got out of the car to rescue her, but was caught and killed by another tiger.
Park workers soon arrived to chase the tigers away. The younger woman, who first left the safety of the car, was seriously injured and sent to the hospital.
After the incident, the government ordered the park to close temporarily for investigation.
Many popular comments on Weibo said that the attack served the victims right. “They’re in the predator enclosure, yet got off the car due to some petty disagreement. Aren’t they just seeking death?” one wrote. Others lamented the injustice of the situation: “The young woman who put herself in a life-threatening situation didn’t die, yet the older woman who came to her rescue died.”
In the same park in 2009, three men unwittingly climbed over multiple three-meter-tall fences into the tiger enclosure despite warning signs, thinking that they had found a shortcut down from the Great Wall. One met with a horrifying end. In the past, tigers have also briefly escaped from their enclosures within the park.
An employee from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens told Global Times in 2012 that the wildlife park industry lacks standards and regulations, placing visitors’ lives at risk.
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By Amy Yang