Over the last few days, families from across China took advantage of the brief Tomb Sweeping Day holiday to take a short, well-deserved vacation, and perhaps return home with a special souvenir.
A Chinese netizen recently posted a pair of photos online taken at Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife Park claiming to show a family of tourists who were “chasing after peacocks and plucking their feathers.” Earlier today, a worker at the rather infamous zoo confirmed that the plucking incident had in fact taken in place inside the park’s peacock garden.
In the garden, visitors are allowed to feed, touch and photograph peacocks, but they are strictly forbidden from harming them. Last year, two peacocks were frightened to death inside a Kunming zoo after being picked up and plucked by tourists.
Photos of the family of tourists have since gone viral on Chinese social media with netizens urging them to try plucking the off off tigers instead. Last July, a woman was dragged away and mauled by a tiger after stepping out of her vehicle inside the park’s tiger enclosure. While the woman miraculously survived the mauling, her mother was tragically killed while attempting to rescue her.
Animals inside Chinese zoos have been having an even tougher time than usual as of late. Last month, a visitor to a zoo in Yangzhou chucked rocks at kangaroos to make them hop.
So, zoos aren’t exactly the most fun places to visit in China. Why not go for a nice walk up a sacred mountain instead?
[Images via Sina]
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