Shocked visitors see live donkey fed to tigers at Chinese zoo

Shareholder in dispute with zoo stopped from taking animals to sell, and tries to have them thrown to tigers instead

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 1:16pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 June, 2017, 7:09pm

Visitors at a zoo in eastern China got the shock of their lives on Monday when a group of men suddenly appeared and threw a live donkey into the tiger enclosure, the Modern Express newspaper reported.

The donkey died after about half an hour of being mauled by the tigers at the zoo in Changzhou, Jiangsu province.

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A video of incident that appeared online prompted a stream of angry comments on social media.

A witness told the paper that the men, wearing red raincoats, drove up to the enclosure with a truck, pushed the donkey in and then tried to throw a goat in too, but were stopped by visitors and security staff.

A zoo official told the paper that a shareholder involved in a dispute with the zoo was behind the incident.

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The shareholder had allegedly arranged for the group of men to take some of the zoo’s animals, including the donkey, out of the zoo to sell them.

But they were stopped by security and then tried to push the animals into the tiger enclosure instead, the official said.

Horrified social media users condemned the act and called for more care for animals in zoos.

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One wrote: “The donkey brayed loudly when it was pushed down. What has a donkey got to do with humans’ problems?”

Another said: “Going on this scene, I can’t see how they are caring for the animals. How can they be running a zoo?”