The incident has sparked debates about poor regulations in China's wildlife attractions.
Two tigers killed one woman and injured another after both exited their vehicle at a Chinese safari park this past Saturday.
As surveillance footage (above) reveals, a woman left her vehicle and walked around to the driver’s side where she spoke to a man, later confirmed to be her husband. While there, a tiger snuck up behind her, knocked her to the ground and dragged her off, at which point the man and a second woman, now known to be the victim’s mother, ran after her.
What we don’t see in this footage is the fact that the mother was killed at the scene by a second tiger and that the daughter was seriously injured, and remains alive after making it through surgery on Sunday morning.
The park, Beijing Badaling Safari World, located in the suburban Beijing district of Yanqing, seems to have taken every precaution to prevent a horrific incident like this from happening.
According to the South China Morning Post, spokespeople for both the park and the local government claim that all visitors are asked to sign a written agreement stating that they won’t exit their vehicles nor even open its doors or windows while inside the park.
Furthermore, signs and verbal warnings over loudspeaker bolster this message once inside. And the daughter in this particular incident was also warned by a nearby patrol vehicle to stay inside her car.
Why she left the car in the first place is uncertain at this point. Varying reports say that it was either a family squabble or that she thought they had exited the wildlife area of the park and that it was safe to get out.
It was, of course, not safe at all. The same can be said about Chinese wildlife parks across the board.
This particular park has had four other high-profile incidents in the past seven years: The 2009 killing of an 18-year-old by a tiger, a 2012 tiger escape, a 2014 killing of a guard by a tiger, and this year’s fatal elephant trampling of the park’s managing director.
It’s not at all surprising then that, just after that 2012 tiger escape, an employee of the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens lamented the lack of regulations in the industry, telling the Global Times, “There needs to be specific regulations for this industry, which can potentially endanger people’s lives.”
Next, get the grisly details on the 40 tiger cubs found dead at a notorious tourist destination last month. Then, hear the unbelievable story of the camel that bit off its owner’s head after being left out in the heat all day.