Chinese zookeepers pushed a frightened live donkey into a moat at the Changzhou Zoo as prey for three hungry tigers. The panicky animal tried to hold on hugging his legs and hooves against the concrete precipice, but to no avail. According to the Daily Mail, the two men dressed in rain gear showed no compassion for the donkey and heartlessly pushed the defenseless animal down the ramp where there could be no escape.
The video, which had been released by Live Leaks on Monday went viral- garnering more than 210,000 views. It showed zoo financial investors pushing the live donkey down into the water into the tiger enclosure as zoo guests including children watching in absolute horror. The men had pulled the donkey out of a pickup truck, and within moments of the animal falling into the moat, two tigers swam in after him biting and clawing at the terrified donkey. It has been stated it took a half-hour for the donkey to die.
According to the Guardian, the irate shareholders had also planned to toss a sheep into the tiger enclosure; that is until zoo security kicked the men off the grounds. In a statement from the website Sohu.com, the shareholders were angry they had not been paid after having invested in the zoo nearly two years ago. Some investors had received zero financial returns on their investments and believed the zoo officials had been “conspiring to cheat small investors of their investments.”
When the courts became involved, the zoo’s assets were frozen which angered the investors even more:
“Since we can’t have any benefits, we thought why not feed them to the tigers, at least we can save on animal feed,” one of the heartless investors told media outlets.
The zoo hasn’t had any money to purchase food or needed and emergency veterinarian services, thus resulting in the deaths of two giraffes and one chimpanzee. According to the statement on the Sohu.com website, the investors were not only angry at not seeing any payments, but then the death of the zoo animals fired their anger even more.
The zoo has since issued a public apology promising something as horrible as this would never happen again. It is interesting, although disturbing to learn, that there are zoos in China which actually permit guests to pay to see live cows or chickens fed to tigers. The Changzhou Zoo, however does not allow live feedings.
Read the original story and watch the YouTube video here. The video is extremely disturbing and may not be suitable for all audiences.
(Photos of live donkey thrown to tigers via screenshots via YouTube)
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