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Chinese zoo erects statue to honour donkey tossed into tigers’ den

Monument tells the sad story of beast ‘sacrificed’ in a dispute between the park’s staff and shareholders

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 July, 2017, 3:33pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 July, 2017, 8:33pm

A zoo in eastern China has erected a monument to the donkey that was pushed into a tiger enclosure and eaten alive.

A statue of the beast, titled “A Donkey’s Monument”, stands on a plinth in a corner of Yancheng Zoo in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. The inscription below, written in both English and Chinese, tells the sad tale of how the animal lost its life. There’s even a QR code for those who want to find out more.

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A video of the donkey’s final minutes horrified people around the world when it was uploaded to the internet in June.

It shows a group of men pushing the terrified animal into the moat around the tiger enclosure and its futile attempts to escape the claws and teeth of two big cats.

The men were later identified as shareholders in the zoo who sacrificed the donkey as part of an ongoing dispute with park staff over their financial returns. The incident was watched live by visitors to the zoo, including young children.

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A witness was quoted by Modern Express at the time as saying that a group of men drove up to the enclosure in a truck. They then made the donkey walk along a plank to the wall of the enclosure and pushed it over.

They also tried to throw a live goat to the tigers, but members of the public intervened and prevented them.