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Chinese visitors leave safety of vehicle in Beijing tiger enclosure

No injuries reported in latest case of risky behaviour

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 March, 2017, 1:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 20 March, 2017, 1:53pm

The possibility of a gruesome death has not deterred Chinese visitors from leaving their vehicles in the nation’s wildlife parks, with more photos being published of people standing in the middle of the road in a tiger enclosure.

A fellow visitor to the Beijing Wildlife Park, who declined to be identified, said he witnessed the incident on Sunday and sent photos to the news outlet Chinanews.com.

No injuries were reported and no animals can be seen in the photos.

In one photo, a man, a boy and a girl are standing in the middle of the road of the self-drive section, with what appears to be their vehicle parked on the roadside. A second photo shows five people standing near the vehicle.

According to the witness, the group first left their vehicle in the waterfowl enclosure, and a park staff member told them to get back in the vehicle.

After driving into the white tiger enclosure, the group left the car again. The article reported that another staff member rushed up to tell the man to get back into the vehicle with the children. They did not leave the car again, the witness said.

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A park representative said visitors were not allowed to leave their vehicles in the area, but could open their vehicle’s windows.

The witness who reported the incident said his intention for doing so was to remind people how risky such behaviour could be.

Last year, a tiger attacked a mother and daughter after they left their car at another wildlife park in Beijing, killing the mother dead and her severely mauling her daughter.

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In January, a man was mauled to death by a tiger at the Ningbo Youngor Zoo in Zhejiang province after the man climbed into the big cat enclosure to avoid paying for a ticket at the entrance.

Users of Weibo – China’s biggest microblogging platform – were critical of the people captured in the photos.

“You can’t stop people who want to die,” read one comment, which drew more than 22,000 likes. Another comment said: “Come tigers! We get compensation if you kill us!”