A man was mauled to death by tigers in front of his wife and kids at a zoo in Ningbo on Sunday after allegedly climbing into their enclosure by mistake while trying to avoid paying for an entrance ticket.
The man surnamed Zhang was visiting the zoo with his wife, kids, his coworker surnamed Li and Li’s wife. Li told CCTV News yesterday that while the women and children bought tickets and entered the zoo normally, both the men decided to try their luck scaling the zoo’s 3-meter-tall outer wall, despite warnings and wire netting.
Once over, Zhang continued on, scaling the next 3-meter wall in their path, unassumingly hopping down inside the tiger enclosure. Li did not follow his friend.
What happened next was horrifyingly caught on video. Footage circulating online show a pack of tigers surrounding Zhang before staff used fireworks and water guns to scare them away. However, one tiger remained unperturbed and continued to drag Zhang away. Eventually, workers shot and killed the tiger and carried Zhang out of the enclosure. In total, the rescue took over an hour.
Zhang was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment where he succumbed to his injuries and died.
Adult tickets to the zoo cost 130 yuan.
Since then, mourners have flooded onto Chinese social media. Not for Zhang, but for the tiger that was killed.
“A fucking idiot climbs over two walls into a tiger’s home and the tiger gets shot and killed for doing what is natural. How is that fair? They should have just let him die,” argued one among many netizens who have criticized the zoo’s response.
This isn’t the first time that zoo visitors in China have paid the ultimate price for stepping foot inside a tiger enclosure. In July last year, one woman stepped out of her car during a safari-style trip through Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife Park only to be promptly snatched away by one of the zoo’s tigers. While she survived the incident, her mother who had rushed out to try and save her did not.
At the same park in 2009, three man unwittingly climbed over multiple 3-meter-tall fences into the tiger enclosure ignoring warning signs, thinking that they had found a shortcut down from the Great Wall. One met with a horrifying end.
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