One Heilongjiang wildlife park/cruel tiger farm is determined to prove the physical fitness of its big cats no matter the cost.
A video has gone viral on the Chinese internet showing a group of Siberian tigers in the snow taking down a defenseless drone and feasting on its innards.
Park workers decided to try out the stunt after their tigers had been mocked online earlier this month for their chunky appearance.
“Is this you after Spring Festival?” asked one Weibo user in a viral post showing nine photos of some very plump looking Siberian tigers at the Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park, much to the delight of Chinese web users who could relate to stuffing themselves full of food during the Chinese New Year holiday.
However, the park took offense at netizens across China calling their tigers “chubby,” blaming the cats’ apparent obesity on unkind camera angles.
And now all that fat-shaming has cost the life of a defenseless drone.
We demand a rematch! But this time against the fire-breathing drone variety.
Sadly, it’s all not fun and games for the tigers at this park. Since the video has gone viral online, news media are dredging up some alarming reports about the facility. The Washington Post writes:
The park has also been implicated in the tiger bone and wine trade. A 2014 McClatchy DC investigation into the Harbin park, and another in the city of Guilin to the south, reported that the tigers were kept in “deplorable conditions. In both cities, merchants openly sold bone wine, despite a 1993 ban by China on bone products sourced from both domesticated and wild tigers.”
Though the parks are billed as conservation and tourist attractions, the Chinese government has been accused of turning a blind eye to illegal sale of tiger products sourced from the facilities. The Heilongjiang park, which receives state support for its breeding program, sold “bone invigoration liquor” on its grounds, according to a 2015 Washington Post report. The park claimed that the wine was made only from tigers after the animals died naturally.
Last year, a series of tiger farms disguised as wildlife parks in Guangxi were found to be purposely starving tigers to death in order to make tiger bone wine. The skin, bones, teeth and various other parts of the animal can be sold for approximately 65,000 yuan, an amount of money which incentivizes some struggling zoos to begin farming the animal.
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