Apparently unconcerned with the potential dangers, a family visiting the Beijing Wildlife Park on Sunday morning decided to step out of their vehicle to take a closer look at the park’s white tigers.
The family, including two children, first got out of their Toyota SUV inside the waterfowl area during a safari-style drive through the park, and were quickly reprimanded by park staff… but then decided to leave the safety of their vehicle again later in the tour, this time while inside the tiger enclosure.
A staff member quickly arrived on the scene, but was unable to convince the family to get back in their SUV. It was only when the area’s duty manager arrived that they were persuaded to return to their vehicle before being mauled.
Of course, visitors are banned from leaving their vehicles during their drive through the park, and signs are posted to that effect. Still, staff members are kept on high-alert in case some visitors should ignore the park’s rules and general common sense.
However, it’s not as if the family was surrounded by tigers when disembarking from their car. At the park, the tigers are kept separated from the vehicles by a deep pit, and visitors are allowed to roll down their windows to take pictures. On Weibo, the Beijing Wildlife Park has issued a statement clarifying that the family was never in any danger of being eaten alive.
The Beijing Wildlife Park is located in the city’s southern Daxing District, on the opposite side of the city from the infamous Badaling Wildlife Park where a woman stepped out of her vehicle inside the park’s tiger enclosure last July, only to be dragged away by a tiger. While the woman miraculously survived the mauling, her mother was tragically killed while attempting to rescue her. Last year, the woman admitted some culpability in the incident, but declared that the park should take 70% of the responsibility, suing them for 1.5 million yuan.
Last month, a vehicle driving through the notorious park stopped and its back window was rolled down, causing a group of bears to gather around the car with one trying to claw its way inside the vehicle. Park workers were able to get the car to move before the situation escalated any further.
And, of course, in January, a man was mauled to death by tigers at a Ningbo zoo after scaling two 3-meter-wall walls in order to avoid paying for an entrance ticket, and mistakenly jumping down inside the tiger enclosure. The man’s family blamed the zoo for “gaps” in its security.
Considering all these high-profile incidents, Beijing police were shocked that visitors could dare to leave their vehicle during one of these tours. They took to their official Weibo account to remind the public yet again: “Tigers are not vegetarians!!!”
On Weibo, some netizens have accused the parents of leaving the vehicle so that they could receive some hefty compensation from their kids getting mauled; meanwhile, others have simply accused them of being morons.
“The parents calculated that they could trade two kids for a down payment,” wrote one netizen.
“They probably don’t use smart phones and don’t read the news. They also forgot to bring their brains with them,” commented another.
“Tiger: ‘Who ordered the KFC family bucket?'” joked another Weibo user.
[Images via Weibo]
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