In January, a man tried to avoid paying the 130 yuan entrance fee at a Ningbo zoo by climbing over the zoo’s outer wall, only to end up inside the tiger enclosure where he was mauled to death before help could arrive. Apparently, this news has not troubled some zoo-goers.
A man surnamed Wang told China Business News about a trip that he took in March with four friends to the Qinlling Wildlife Park in Xi’an. When they arrived, the group was approached by a middle-aged woman who promised that she could get them into the zoo for much cheaper than the entry price.
After they agreed, the woman hopped into their car and guided them down a road skirting the park’s perimeter. Eventually, she told them to stop and park. After paying a 20 yuan parking fee, they boarded a van which drove them a few kilometers farther to a place where a few bamboo ladders were leaned up against the zoo’s wall.
After handing over 60 yuan each, the tourists were allowed to climb up the ladders and then down another set of ladders on the other side.
“Right when I got down, I heard the sound of two lions roaring in the distance. It nearly scared me to death,” Wang remembered.
Wang told the reporter that he doesn’t know what he was thinking when he decided to sneak into the zoo, calling the whole thing “extremely dangerous.” In addition, the group soon found that in order to view many of the exhibits in the zoo, a ticket was needed.
The reporter also spoke with one of the park’s security guards who said that it was local villagers who were pulling off the scam. While the guard said he knew all about it, he claimed there wasn’t much he could do to stop it.
Tickets to the park cost 100 yuan.
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