Last year, a woman was nearly mauled to death at the Badaling Wildlife World after getting out of her car inside the safari-style park’s tiger enclosure. Now, the woman is asking for 690,000 yuan in compensation.
The infamous incident occurred on July 23rd, surveillance footage shows the 32-year-old woman, surnamed Zhao, getting out of her car and walking around to the front driver’s side door where she is suddenly snatched away by a tiger. She managed to survive the attack, but tragically, her 57-year-old mother who rushed out to try and save her did not.
Zhao claims that the park’s safety response protocols were inadequate with park workers trying to scare the tigers away from their prey by honking horns and revving engines. It took staff nearly 20 minutes to drag Zhao and her mother away from the scene. Last October, Zhao admitted her own culpability in the incident, but declared that the park should take 70% of the responsibility.
At first, Zhao said that she was seeking 2 million yuan in compensation from the park. Later, she lowered that amount to 1.5 million. Now, she’s asking for just 690,000 yuan. The trial will start later this month.
In the case, Zhao doesn’t exactly have public opinion on her side. In an online poll last August of over 310,000 netizens, only 2.3% thought that the zoo should be punished for the attack. On Weibo today, Chinese netizens continued to denounce and mock Zhao, calling her “stupid” and “shameless,” and suggesting that she be given the tiger in compensation.
Meanwhile, the tragic incident does not seem to have served as a lesson for other visitors to the park. Last month, a man was bitten by a bear inside the park after rolling down his window and trying to feed it.
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