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Beijing Zoo Director Killed By Elephant

Beijing Times reports that the manager of Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World was killed by one of its elephants while feeding them.

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The managing director of Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World was trampled to death by one of the park’s elephants earlier this week, Chinese media report.

The managing director of Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World (八达岭野生动物世界) got trampled and killed by an elephant in the park’s elephant house on the morning of March 3rd, Beijing Times reports.

The accident happened when the manager, Mr. Wu, stepped into the elephant house together with one of the members of staff to feed the animals and clean the exhibit. The zoo’s official elephant caretaker was on a holiday, and Mr. Wu was taking over his tasks for the day.

W020160305350901654721The elephant house where the accident took place, picture from Hubei News.

Chinese media connect the trampling to the elephants’ breeding season. Elephants in musth are known to be highly aggressive. In zoos, bull elephants in heat have killed numerous keepers.

The member of staff who witnessed the accident is currently recovering from shock and is unable to speak about the exact circumstances of the trampling. The Public Security bureau is investigating the case.

On Weibo, netizens are discussing the news, with most users expressing their shock about the trampling. One user also feels bad for the elephants: “They are imprisoned and are in their cage every day,” he says: “do you think that’s a good life?”

This is not the first fatal accident in the Badaling wildlife park. In 2009, an 18-year-old man was killed by a tiger after he had trespassed the park’s safari area. In 2014, one of the zoo’s guards was also attacked and killed by a tiger.

The YouTube video below shows visitor’s footage of the park from 2013. The video shows that people can get close to the animals in a ‘safari’ setting. It also shows a bear drinking orange juice, parents putting their children on the back of deer and horses that seem to be in poor body condition.

The park’s official Weibo account and official website do not mention the accident, nor say anything about the park being closed this week – it seems that the park is open for business as usual.

524_1374910719xHAwOne of the park’s tigers, picture by visitor.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Anne Gellarae

    March 9, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Elephants should never be held in zoos, especially in China who has a terrible record of stealing wild baby elephants from Zimbabwe and other small African nations, then putting the ones who do survive the trauma of being ripped from their mothers in the wild on display, and forced to live a horribl life of confinement, poor diets, deprivation, and loneliness. Elephants should never be in zoos, especially in China.

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China’s Shulan City in “Wartime Mode” after Recording 13 COVID-19 Infections

Local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases in Shulan.

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The city of Shulan in China’s Jilin Province is top trending on Chinese social media today after local authorities announced a “wartime mode” lockdown due to 13 new local coronavirus cases.

These are the first local infections in the entire province after a period of 73 days, China News reports, with other previous cases all being infections from abroad.

Last week, on May 7th, a female resident was the first to be tested positive for COVID-19. The city in northeast China is now the only place in the PRC to be marked as “high risk.”

One page on social media platform Weibo dedicated to the topic of Shulan going into “wartime mode” (“战时状态”) had received over 190 million views by Monday evening local time.

What does this “wartime mode” entail?
– All residents stay home, lockdown of residential compounds
– All public places closed
– Schools closed
– All public transportation suspended
– No more selling of fever-reducing medicine in clinics or stores

According to CGTN, a total of 290 people who have been in close contact with the infected patients have been traced and placed under medical observation.

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On Wuhan’s ‘Reopening Day’, Even Traffic Jams Are Celebrated

As the COVID-19 lockdown has ended in Wuhan, many people are happy to see the city’s traffic finally getting busy again. “I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them.”

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It was chilly and grey in Wuhan when the coronavirus epicenter city went into a full lockdown on January 23 of this year. On April 8, 76 days later, it is sunny and twenty degrees warmer outside as people leave their homes to resume work or go for a stroll.

The end of the Wuhan lockdown is a special day for many, as the city finally lifted the 11-week-long ban that shut down all travel to and from the city in a radical effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, city residents returned to work as public transport started again. Roads, bridges, and tunnels were reopened, and the local airport resumed flights.

On Chinese social media, various hashtags relating to the Wuhan lockdown end have become popular topics. Using hashtags such as “Wuhan Lifts the Ban” (#武汉解封#), “Wuhan Open Again after 76 Days” (#武汉暂停76天后重启#), and “Wuhan Reopens” (#武汉重启#), the end of the coronavirus ban is a much-discussed news item, along with the spectacular midnight light show that was organized to celebrate the city’s reopening.

The Wuhan lightshow, image via Xinhua.

“Today has finally arrived! It’s been difficult for the people of Wuhan,” some commenters write.

According to China’s official statistics, that are disputed, over 3330 people have died from the new coronavirus since its outbreak; 80% of these fatal cases were reported in Wuhan. On April 6, authorities claimed that for the first time since the virus outbreak, there were zero new COVID-19 deaths.

Some state media, including People’s Daily, report that the reopening of restaurants and food shops is going smoothly in the city, as people – for the first time since January – are back to buying pan-fried dumplings and noodles from their favorite vendors.

Meanwhile, the fact that the traffic in some Wuhan areas is back to being somewhat congested is something that is widely celebrated on social media.

Some call the mild traffic congestions “great”, viewing it as a sign that the city is coming back to life again after practically turning into a ghost town for all these weeks.

“I hated traffic jams before, now it makes me happy to see them,” one Weibo commenter writes.

“I won’t complain about congested traffic again, because it’s a sign the streets are flourishing,” another Weibo user posted.

While netizens and media outlets are celebrating the end of the lockdown, several Chinese media accounts also remind people on social media that although the ban has been lifted, people still need to be vigilant and refrain from gathering in groups and standing close to each other.

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