On Monday afternoon visitors to one Chinese zoo watched in horror as a live donkey was pushed into a tiger pit and mauled to death by the big cats. The zoo has now stepped forward to explain how exactly this happened — with an explanation that manages to shock, but not exactly surprise.
In a statement, the Yangcheng Wild Animal World in Changzhou, Jiangsu province blamed the viral incident on a disgruntled shareholder, angry over a court ruling which has caused the zoo’s assets to be frozen for the last two years.
Because of the ruling, the zoo is unable to move away any of its animals, causing financial difficulties for investors, preventing them from selling their stake and leading them to believe that the zoo and the court are in cahoots.
To make up for this setback, one shareholder decided on Monday to hire a group of men to take away some of the zoo’s animals to sell, piling a donkey and a goat into the back of a truck.
When they were prevented from leaving by the zoo’s staff, the shareholder decided instead to just throw the unfortunate animals to the tigers.
After the donkey was pushed reluctantly into the moat surrounding the tiger enclosure, visitors and workers prevented the men from shoving the goat to the same grisly end.
The zoo has apologized for the incident, emphasizing that it was not done with official approval, and promising that nothing like it will ever happen again.
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