A donkey whose life was cruelly cut short last month after being fed live to a group of tigers has been memorialized by the zoo where it met its tragic, bloody end.
A shareholder surnamed Li at the Yangcheng Wild Animal World in Changzhou, Jiangsu province told reporters that the “Monument of the Unknown Donkey” had been erected on July 1st, right outside of the tiger pit where the animal was mauled to death. Li explained that the zoo had built the statue to remind visitors of the ferocity of wild animals and also to remember the poor donkey which had “died unjustly.”
On the base of the monument, there is a passage commemorating the life and unjust demise of the humble donkey, which ends with the hope that “righteousness will be preserved forever.” Next to the statue, there is also an exhibit explaining the sordid details of how the donkey managed to end up swimming around inside a tiger pit.
The zoo has 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. To make up for this financial setback, the shareholder decided last month to hire a group of men to take away some of the zoo’s animals to sell, piling a donkey and goat into the back of a truck.
However, when they were prevented from leaving by the zoo’s staff, the shareholder ordered the unfortunate animals to be thrown to the tigers. After the donkey was pushed reluctantly into the moat surrounding the tiger enclosure, visitors and workers managed to prevent the men from shoving the goat to the same grisly end.
Though, while the goat may have survived that day, it will not live on forever.
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