PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 January, 2013, 10:13am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 January, 2013, 12:54pm

Tourists stone hibernating crocodiles


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

In China curiosity, it seems, killed not only the cat, but also the crocodile.

Several hibernating crocodiles in a Shenzhen park were killed by curious tourists who attacked them with stones , the Shenzhen Evening News reported on Thursday.

The tourists were intrigued at the sight of motionless crocodiles and thought they were dead, said a park staffer. Some threw stones and empty bottles at them. Several crocodiles were killed.

“Some tourists are very fond of throwing things at  crocodiles,” said a frustrated staffer, “they’ve thrown bottles, garbages, stones, and sticks.”

The story triggered heated discussions on Sina Weibo, China’s twitter-like service, where angry netizens lashed out at the attackers.

“What is the problem with our education?” asked a netizen. "And why isn't the park stopping this?"

“I don’t want to be a crocodile in China,” said a netizen . 

Update: According to a report by Shenzhen-based Baoan Daily on Friday, the park denied any crocodiles had been killed, claiming it's a false statement made by an overworked staffer.


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