It’s for “hands-on experience with animals kept in captivity” – Leheledu, a theme park in China.
In case you weren’t reading the headlines, to kickstart the new year, a theme park in Chongqing, China has launched a new zoo exhibit that allows people to feed LIVE animals to hungry tigers.
Visitors will sit in a caged-up sightseeing bus and be driven into an enclosure where hungry lions and tigers wait anxiously for their meals.
“While on the bus ride, tourists can feed meat or live chicken to lions and tigers, or give apples to bears,” CCTVNews said on Facebook. “But the tourists were visibly scared and shaken when the animals jumped to grab their meals, coming too close to the bus. Perhaps this ride is not for the faint hearts.”
… i wanna try this adventure, said one.
… Wait, back up: “While on the bus ride, tourists can feed meat or live chicken to lions and tigers, or give apples to bears.” LIVE chicken?!
“People in cages, not animals…”
The news of the new exhibit sparked all kinds of opinions from commenters on social media.
“Brainless and Stupid Idea,” one person wrote. “Moronic People. Is it a good idea to teach wild animals that food comes from trucks with humans in it ??….. Leave Wild Animals Alone.”
“What’s wrong with the idea? Actually I find it amusing and innovative. Compared to traditional zoos, animals can roam around with more natural space,” another person wrote. “And to those people crying foul with animals being fed like that in the news story, think about this: how do wild animals got fed in traditional zoos? No difference, except probably with dead chickens.”
Visitors will sit in a caged sightseeing bus and be driven into an enclosure where hungry lions and tigers wait anxiously for their meals. And mind you, this exhibit forms part of the theme park, placed in an enclosure with roads that the bus can drive through.
While this theme park is definitely not the first to put humans in cages to get an up-close and hands-on experience with captive animals, it will certainly not be the last, at least for now. New Zealand has a park with a similar exhibit and let’s hope they don’t turn that into a live chicken feeding ground too.
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Originally posted by The Dodo. To read the full article, go here.