Starving zoo tigers eat one of their own
From correspondents in
November 19, 2007 09:51pm
TIGERS in a north
"There is no money. Of course (the incident) was caused by a lack of food," a woman in the director’s office at the
The same zoo was shut down briefly last year due to a shortage of funds and lack of visitors, earlier media reports said.
"We only receive 1000 yuan ($151) per month in government subsidies and the park is only able to generate another 1000 yuan each month from the sale of tickets, which is the main source of income," the official said.
In the incident, which happened yesterday, four tigers got into a fight, killing one and devouring its innards.
Last year, a zoo in the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was home to an endangered Siberian tiger faced with a similar financial crisis when the zoo’s ticket revenues fell short of operating costs, Xinhua news agency reported.
The animals there were also forced to go without food, the report said.
Carole’s note: I post this with some trepidation, knowing that there are five tiger breeding farms in China that are trying to convince the world that they can save the tiger by farming it and this may be part of that ploy to gain public sympathy. More here: http://bigcatrescue.org/movies/chinatigerfarm.htm