Here's a question for any parents of a three-year-old girl who may be reading this: how many times has your daughter looked up at you and said, 'Mummy, Daddy, I want to balance on a high wire above a pit of ravenous Siberian tigers'? OK, she's only three, so she may not have qualified the tigers as being Siberian; how many times now? I'm guessing that even if the idea were put into her head, she'd still be a tad hesitant. We are led to believe by the father of little Xiaoyan, though, that the apple of his eye likes nothing better than to tease a pack of wild beasts by inching across a wire a few feet above them, as part of the Jiangxi Elite Children Arts Troupe. Footage of her derring-do (albeit with a safety rope attached) at a zoo in Jiangsu province has been doing the rounds in cyberspace and on news shows. According to the troupe director, quoted in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, she's been practising high-wire stunts since she was one. In Jiangsu they call that entertainment - round my way, we call it child abuse.