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Death by Tiger at Drive-Through Zoo

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This blood-chilling video shows the high price you might pay if you don’t follow the safety rules when watching wildlife: death by a tiger at a zoo. To add another tragic twist to the story, it’s in fact not the woman in the footage who died – but her mom who attempted to rescue her.

Background

Badaling great wall of China
The most visited section of the Great Wall of China is by Badaling. Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, via Wikimedia Commons

In 2016, at the Badaling Wildlife World, a drive-through animal park, a woman was fatally mauled by a Siberian tiger.

The incident occurred when a woman stepped out of her car – directly violating the vital park-safety rules. CCTV footage captured the tiger dragging her away. However, it was the woman’s mother who was fatally injured, as she also got out of the car in an attempt to save her daughter. The husband and the driver of the car also sustained severe injuries from intervening.

Risks of Drive-Through Zoos

zoo sign
Sign directed towards a zoo. 4028mdk09, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Drive-through zoos pose unique risks. While it’s great that they offer close encounters with wildlife, they can lead to dangerous situations if safety protocols are not strictly followed. Although the animals in these settings are captive animals, they still maintain their wild and predatory instincts.

The incident at Badaling Wildlife World is a stark reminder of the potential dangers these attractions hold.

Why Animals Don’t Attack Cars

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Drive through zoo in Taman Safari, Bogor, Indonesia. Arisdp, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Typically, animals in drive-through zoos do not attack cars as they often recognize them as non-threatening, large objects. However, when individuals step out of their vehicles, animals will register people as threats or prey – potentially triggering their natural predatory instincts.

All in all, it cannot be stressed enough: Do. Not. Get. Out. Of. Your. Car.

Badaling Wildlife World Contains Over 10,000 Animals

Siberian Tiger
Gorgeous Siberian tiger. Appaloosa, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Badaling Wildlife World, sprawling over 98 acres, is home to over 10,000 animals, including over 100 African lions, 20 white tigers, and various other species like Malayan bears and leopards. This allows the park to offer unique experiences. However, the vast number of wild animals also increases the complexity of managing human-animal interactions safely.

What Critics Say About Such Breeding Programs

white tigers
White tigers in zoo. Eustaquio Santimano from Singapore., CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Critics of wildlife parks like Badaling argue that their breeding programs for entertainment purposes can be ethically questionable. They raise concerns about the animals’ welfare and underline that a large captive population doesn’t do much for conservation purposes.

Some critics even allege that the extensive breeding program could be a cover-up for illegal pet trade or trade of animal parts.

The Incident

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Aftermath Following the Attack

Following the attack, the park was temporarily closed for investigation. The incident sparked a debate on the safety measures at wildlife facilities.

The park, known for allowing visitors to drive through enclosures, had clear warnings against leaving vehicles. Allegedly, a sign even said “Cherish Your Life. Never Get Out of Your Car.” Nonetheless, the tragedy pointed to the need for stricter enforcement of safety protocols and raised questions about the zoo’s responsibility in enforcing them.

Tired tiger cub
Image of a tired tiger cub. Image via Mathias Appel, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Conclusion

This tragic incident at the drive-through zoo in Badaling is a blood-chilling reminder of how wrong it can go when you don’t adhere to safety rules in wildlife settings. The question of who bears the most responsibility, the visitors or the zoo, in situations like this remains complicated and polarized.

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Rob

Friday 29th of March 2024

This is tragic, but c'mon. Getting out of your car to pet a wild tiger. Life is dangerous enough without inviting death over for lunch.

Candy

Saturday 13th of April 2024

@Rob, some people live in a bubble. I used to teach in Brooklyn, and my class thought all White people were super rich because they only watched television where shows like Hollywood Wives taught them that...with little intelligent input, this was the perception...money stolen from slaves etc. These kids had not gone to Manhattan or Bumflick, USA, as their parents took them nowhere (these were 6th graders at that time).

Now take that frame of mind and think of a commercial that says, "Come to the drive-by zoo and feed the animals." Humans who live in a bubble don't know they must use common sense to differentiate between a horse and a dangerous tiger. They are not stupid; they just have not had an awakening.

Norman

Friday 15th of December 2023

How far are these animal parks required to go to protect stupid people from themselves.

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