Almost a year to the day a woman was mauled to death by a tiger, another visitor to Beijing Badaling Wildlife World has again willfully disobeyed park regulations inside its carnivorous animal enclosure.
At around 10am on Saturday, a stopped black SUV was seen with a black sun bear next to it, standing up on its haunches and extending its head inside the open window of the driver's side.
As seen in the video taken by the driver in the following car from behind, the sun bear is reaching so far into the black SUV that its head is not visible. One of the bear's legs is perched on the vehicle's running boards, and at one point the bear is even able to lift itself off the ground completely.
From the perspective of the camera, we can't see what's going inside the black SUV with its tinted windows. However, it appears the occupants of the vehicle are feeding the bear when at one point a sausage flies out the window.
Approximately 10 seconds into the video, the black SUV drives away, at which point the bear drops down and begins eating food on the ground below where the black SUV's driver window had been.
Liu Weishi, a spokesperson for the park, said no injuries had been reported by visitors that day.
Liu said that no park patrols witnessed the incident, and said they have yet to confirm it.
Badaling Park rules stipulate that visitors are forbidden to open their car windows or doors when traveling through its "car safari" area. However, these rules have been routinely been broken throughout the past year by visitors to a variety of wild animal parks.
In March, an entire family left their car to get a closer look at the carnivorous animals across a moat at the Beijing Wild Animal Park in Daxing (shown above). The month before, black bears were seen extending their paws inside the rear window of a white vehicle at Badaling Wild Animal Park.
Breaking park rules can have deadly consequences. A man named Zhang was killed by a tiger in January at a Ningbo animal park when he walked past warning signs and into a tiger enclosure instead of paying the 120 yuan admission fee. But the most sensational fatality was the July 23 incident in which a woman left her vehicle inside the Badaling tiger enclosure (shown below), leading to one fatality.
The Badaling tiger mauling survivor, Ms. Zhou, has recovered from her ordeal and wants USD 2 million in compensation, saying that she wasn't properly warned of the park's dangers.
Zhou claims that a culture of rampant victim blaming has ruined her life in the wake of the accident, saying "People’s words were perhaps scarier than the mouth of a tiger."
According to reports, Badaling has added more warning signs since last year's fatality. However, even though feeding the park's carnivorous animals is forbidden, snacks like sausages and popcorn are still available for sale at the park entrance.
Liu said the snacks are meant to be shared with the park's smaller animals, which don't have any feeding regulations.
Badaling visitors are also allowed to feed the park's elephants, which were responsible for trampling an employee to death last year.
If at this point you're considering making the trip yourself, maybe you should reconsider in light of the "circus shows" put on by the park.
Mang Ping, founder of the NGO Beijing Zoo Watch, told the Beijinger in 2014 that the performances at the Badaling park were some of the worst examples of animal cruelty she has seen in Beijing.
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