I'm no zoologist, but maybe tigers deserve a bit more dignity than tugging on a knapsack pulled by two-legged jackals?
Typhoon Usagi, with winds of up to 110 mph, began lashing southern China over the weekend, leaving at least 25 people dead in Guangdong province. At least one hippopotamus also finds itself stranded.
A zoo in Henan recently put a Tibetan mastiff in its lion pen, which had no lion.
We have no doubt they did this as a joke, perhaps to see which zoo-goers, followed by news outlets, would take them seriously. But we wonder -- is this "trolling"? Is this "satire"? Is this actually a political statement about the Chinese zoo itself, forcing us -- by caging a household pet -- to see the metal bars which render animals as objects of amusement and belittlement?
We've heard of a mother biting off her son's penis, but a monkey on a child? Shanghai Daily has this weird and startling tale of the menacing monkey:
A 23-year-old gorilla named Jiaku became famous at Tianshan Wildlife Zoo in Xinjiang for being a "heavy smoker." He was known to perform tricks -- doing handstands, turning in circles, clapping his hands, even performing ballet moves -- to get visitors to throw him a smoke, and would sometimes get desperate without his nicotine fix.
His trainer, however, out of concern for his health, has recently tried to wean him off cigarettes. The method has been to lace his ciggies with chili pepper and to apply an ointment on the end.
It’s only natural for zookeepers to worry about caged animals getting loose. What is fairly obviously not normal, however, is having humans don animal suits to simulate this scenario, for “training” purposes. These pictures were taken recently from Taiyuan Zoo in Shanxi province. Look at this one: there’s a guy in a white lab coat... Read more »
The Sina Weibo user who posted this picture, @哥不一搬3285043987, appears to have absonded from social media, but he/she thinks this giant panda in Lanzhou, Gansu province is dying because the zoo can’t feed it. The post: Lanzhou City Zoo’s panda is the world’s saddest panda. Thin and dirty. So hungry it can’t even walk. Supervisors... Read more »
Two lions from the Chongqing Zoo made a dash toward freedom yesterday around 8 am. If you were a wild animal, to say nothing of the king of the jungle, you probably wouldn’t want to stay in a Chinese zoo, either — especially not after shit like this. But the one place worse for a... Read more »
Don’t feed zoo animals. Repeat these four words like mantra. Don’t feed zoo animals. You might think it’s cute to see them chomp down your fucking chocolate, your haw chips, your plastic-wrapped apricot pastry, but then they die. Get it? THEY KEEL OVER AND CEASE TO EXIST. If this still doesn’t register in your brain,... Read more »
Whether dealing with common pets or endangered species, many humans still don't know how to be humane. But public reaction to conditions at the Beijing Zoo and an incident at South China Normal University in Guangdong indicate that at least awareness is growing among animal advocates and netizens in this country.
A video of the poor living conditions of a polar bear at the Beijing Zoo, posted by Sina Weibo user @临临Lynn, elicited a flood of comments yesterday.
Insert every Animal Farm reference you can think of. Go ahead, just dump em here. Because they’re appropriate for this story, via SCMP: The Yangcheng Evening News recently stumbled upon Guangzhou Zoo’s entrance exam and found a section of it aimed at evaluating applicants’ “mastery” of Marxist-Leninist thought. This means the 15 zookeepers being recruited at the... Read more »
Mental health issues are no laughing matter, and neither is biting a large flightless bird to death. What to call this then? At a zoo in Guangdong province on Saturday, a man bit and killed a live ostrich in front of elders and children, then laid on the dead bird and made gun motions with his finger at the police. The man, 27-year-old Li, was found with a suicide note in his pocket addressed to his mother and girlfriend.
This is sad, aggravating, and horrible all rolled into one. A zoo in Shenzhen has seen about a dozen of its crocodiles die — correction: killed — at the hands of visitors. Reports The Nanfang: Only two crocodiles are left alive of over a dozen that were placed in Rural Grand View Garden, a zoo in Shenzhen’s... Read more »
Visitors to Hangzhou Zoo have reportedly developed a nasty habit of throwing snowballs at animals, who are none too pleased. Perhaps least amused of all are the lions, who, seriously, are way too high on the food chain to have to deal with this shit.
Xiao Liwu, i.e. "Little Gift," was born on July 29 as "Sausage" (which is pretty adorable) before folks voted to change his name. Here he is getting a vet exam at his home in the San Diego Zoo. Follow him on his Panda Cam if you can stand it.
The common hill myna is renowned for its ability to mimic human speech, but what happens when it only mimics humanity’s ugliness? In Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan, Hubei, one special bird — which began directing dirty words at patrons — has been “isolated for retraining,” according to Shanghai Daily (not the bird pictured above). The... Read more »
A zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province is offering humans the chance to test their strength against tigers. The newscast tells us that tigers win most of the time, proving definitively that when you come face-to-face with a tiger in the wild, don't challenge it to a game of winner-take-all tug-of-war.
A zoo official says that one day, caretakers put a rope in the tiger pen and discovered that the animals loved playing with it. Their next logical thought: human-tiger tug-of-war.
Tigers aren’t so wonderful things sometimes. (Go ahead and skip this story if you’re an animal lover.) On Monday morning at Xixiakou Wild Animal Preserve in Weihai, Shandong province, visitors to the tiger preserve were horrified to find three year-old bengals playing “aggressively” (zoo’s word) with a seven-month-old white tiger. When the above picture first surfaced... Read more »
Last week, we saw a dog nurse three kittens. Not to be outdone, a hero bitch in Shangdong province has taken it upon herself to nurse four of a much larger species of cat. On the same day that she gave birth to two puppies, Laifu was asked (forced?) by wildlife zoo attendants in Rongcheng to nurse four white tiger cubs whose mother, Afang, had abandoned them.