Recently, video of a little girl taking a tiger cub out for a walk on a leash raised some alarm on Chinese social media. Was this tiger the little girl’s pet? What if it tried to claw her face off?
Turns out that the 9-year-old girl is the daughter of a zookeeper in Quanzhou, Fujian province. Each morning after breakfast, she takes the 3-month-old cub out for a walk near the zoo and plays with it. Her father says that the tiger is no danger to the girl, explaining that they are trying to help raise it after its two siblings died not long after being born.