Just a couple weeks after two women were mauled by tigers in Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife Park, with one killed on the spot and the other seriously injured, two brave souls decided to visit the zoo. Fortunately, nobody was hurt this time, but their car is another story.
In a video that was first posted by People’s Daily, the tiger strolls over to the passing vehicle and chomps down on the bumper. Considering the situation, the people in the car reacted quite calmly and even laughed at how absurd it is. A woman in the car can be heard asking the man next to her, “What are we going to do now?” and commenting on how expensive a bumper can be. At least they eventually got their bumper back…
Netizens haven’t exactly been sympathetic about the visitors’ damaged bumper:
“Is the bumper stuck on with glue? The more I watch it, the funnier it gets,” @Steve79088169 wrote.
“This lady has such a great temper,” @9527一条龙 wrote.
“If you told the insurance company that [you’re car was damaged by a tiger], would they believe you?” @一滴水7777 wrote.
“The tiger is probably more expensive than the car,” @金金金84171600 wrote.
Scandals in zoos involving visitors and tigers have not been rare in China. A couple of months ago, a zookeeper was killed after leaving the door of a tiger cage open and last year a tiger bit off the arm of a 2-year-old. But the tigers aren’t living the life either. A series of zoos were found to be starving tigers to death in order to make tiger bone wine. Overall, it may be wise to avoid “wildlife parks” in China altogether.
Watch the visitors’ bumpy journey at the park on YouTube (or Miaopai):
And in case you’re still on the fence about going:
By Sarah Lin
[Video via YouTube / Miaopai]