Images of some seriously chubby tigers at the Siberian Tiger Park outside of Harbin have gone viral on Chinese social media with many netizens questioning the animals’ eating habits over the Spring Festival holiday.
“Is this you after Spring Festival?” asks one Weibo user in a post showing nine photos of the plump tigers. The Chinese New Year holiday is a time for China’s sophisticated city-dwellers to return to the countryside, pig out on their mom’s cooking while wearing sweatpants but not make-up, and then return one week later 10lbs heavier than when they arrived.
Of course, these Siberian Tigers actually have an excuse for their gluttony. Winters in Heilongjiang are notoriously brutal and some extra fat helps to keep away the cold. By the time summer arrives they should be back to their normal shape.
It’s also a little refreshing to see obese animals living at Chinese zoos because too often it goes the other way. In the past, zoos have been accused of starving their tigers to death to make tiger bone wine, a drink which some in China believe offers numerous health benefits and improved sexual performance.
Looks like these tigers could use some of that stuff.
[Images via 我的前任是个极品]
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