NINGBO, CHINA — A man visiting the Youngor Zoo suffered death by tigers, after he scaled a wall to get into the zoo for free, but paid the price with his life.
On January 28, the man surnamed Zhang and his coworker surnamed Li decided to take their families for a nice outing at the Youngor Zoo. While their wives walked in the traditional way with Zhang’s children, the two men decided to hop the fence, in an attempt to skip out on paying less than $20 USD each for park admission tickets.
Scaling the zoo’s 10-foot tall outer wall, past warnings and wire netting, they met with another 10-foot wall. While Li stayed back, Zhang forged ahead. Unfortunately, when he dropped down, he didn’t realize he’d just entered tiger territory. Trapped like a rat and surrounded by four big cats, Li walked right into a painful hour of punishment for his grave mistake. Other park visitors could only watch in horror as the four tigers’ curiosity led them to feed on Zhang’s body.
Zoo officials used firecrackers and water cannons to scare away three of the tigers, but one of them was undeterred by the threats, more fascinated with its new play thing. Rather than back off, the tiger batted Zhang around like a ball of yarn, and then stripped off his clothes leaving his flesh exposed. As the tiger dragged his body into the forested area of the enclosure, Chinese special forces finally gunned it down with a bullet. Meanwhile, Zhang was rushed to hospital, but soon died of his devastating injuries.
In the aftermath of the incident, the public is mourning, not for the death of the foolish father of two, but for the dead tiger. A representative of animal rights group PETA has stated “Attacks by captive big cats on people - which occur with staggering regularity - illustrate the profound level of stress, anxiety and agitation these animals experience every day of their lives.”
The tiger’s death is garnering the sympathy of Chinese netizens, much like Harambe the gorilla last year in the U.S. One Weibo user wrote: “This visitor's death by mauling really does not deserve any sympathy. Tigers are the carnivorous kings of the jungle and hunting for food is their instinct, who can you blame if you jump in and get attacked? Rest in peace, tiger.”