Despite ample evidence to the contrary, some tourists in China apparently still think it’s worth hopping a fence or two to avoid paying for a ticket to the zoo.
On Saturday, two women and one man were spotted trying to pull off this scam, scaling a fence at a drive-thru wild animal park in Changsha, looking to save on the 42 yuan fee that’s charged for touring the park in the safety of a sightseeing bus.
There were no wild animals in the area that the tourists climbed into. However, if they had scaled the next fence, they would have found themselves inside an enclosure with seven Bengali tigers.
A worker at the Changsha Ecological Zoo told reporters that even if they stayed where they were, they were in danger of becoming tiger food. If a bus happened to come by, the gate would be opened, allowing the tigers to rush inside and feast.
But fortunately, these three did not turn into yet another meal for the tigers. The zoo’s security spotted them on camera, quickly rounded them up and escorted them to the safety of the nearest police station.
Watch a Chinese news report on the incident below:
Back in January of this year, a man tried to avoid paying the 130 yuan entrance fee at a Ningbo zoo by climbing over the park’s outer wall, only to end up inside the tiger enclosure where he was mauled to death before help could arrive.
Apparently though, this news has not troubled some zoo-goers. In April, reporters discovered that visitors were scaling the walls of a Xi’an wildlife park with the help of bamboo ladders provided by locals, saving 40 yuan on the entrance ticket in the process.
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