In a Chinese park, the zookeeper who has been accused of boiling big cat bones to make wine was fatally mauled to death on Thursday by a tiger. The man, described as in his 50s, has not been named.
According to The South China Morning Post, the zookeeper had been cleaning the tiger’s cage when he was attacked. The accident occurred at the Xiongsen Bear and Tiger Mountain Village in the city of Guilin in southern China. There were no tourists present at the time.
The zoo has been under criticism after investigations beginning two years ago revealed the tigers had been living in substandard enclosures. Many of the animals were emaciated. After the animals died, their bodies were moved to a factory where Chinese tiger bone wine was produced. Breeding tigers has been banned.
Tiger bone wine is thought by many in the country to improve sexual prowess. Their bones are boiled with rice wine to make the 38% proof liquor. The concoction is sold in expensive hotels and restaurants.
The zoo keeps over 1,100 different tiger species, 600 Asian black bears and at one time had been China’s largest breeding facility.
Please SUBSCRIBE to receive more current, animal-related news.
Did you know that if you want to get updates from a Facebook page, you need to do more than “like” it? To get recent postings in your Facebook feed, you must also hover your mouse over the word “following” and then click “see first” from the drop-down menu. You may want to check back with your favorite pages on occasion because Facebook often changes your settings, no longer having your having your favorites among those to “see first.