[UPDATE: Zoo says that it was a disgruntled shareholder that threw live donkey to the tigers]
A group of tigers at a Chinese zoo were given a special treat yesterday afternoon — a live donkey.
In a video that has gone viral on Chinese social media, a reluctant donkey is seen being pushed out of the back of a truck into a moat surrounding the tiger enclosure inside the Yancheng Wild Animal World in Changzhou, Jiangsu province.
Visitors then look on in horror as the tigers swim out and start doing their thing.
Though apparently these tigers are bit out of practice. It took them 30 minutes to kill the donkey as it struggled in the water.
How exactly this shocking incident came to be is not exactly clear. One zoo worker told reporters that it was the result of “internal contradictions” among shareholders — presumably meaning that one shareholder directed workers to toss the donkey into the tiger pit without authorization.
You can watch the video below. Viewer discretion is advised:
“For the sake of the donkey, that shareholder should be tossed into the pit as well,” wrote one netizen after watching the video.
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