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Little Dog Chases Bus For Half an Hour, Becomes Trending

A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media.

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A little dog that chased a bus for over half an hour recently became a trending topic on Chinese social media. The incident caused much controversy, attracting thousands of comments and over 65 million views.

On the afternoon of September 4, one Weibo netizen called ‘I Love Your Smile’ (@喜欢你微笑123笑) was sitting on Line 1 of the public transport bus system in the city of Leshan (乐山) in Sichuan, when she photographed an unusual scene.

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Posting several pictures of the scene, she says:

I was taking the public transport today, when I saw this. It made me sad. The bus did not allow the dog on, and the owner would not get off. During the whole travel time of over half an hour, the dog followed his owner. When I got on the bus, he was beside it. When I got off the bus, the dog was still running alongside the bus.”

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The incident was taken over by many Chinese media, and was soon shared thousands of times, receiving countless reactions from angry netizens under the hashtag “Dog Chases Bus for Half an Hour’ (#狗狗紧追公交半小时#).

According to news outlets such as the Chengdu Business Newspaper, the bus did not allow to have the dog on board but the dog’s owner was on the bus because he had “a problem”, resulting in the dog running behind the bus for the complete travel time of 30 minutes. It was also confirmed that during the day of the incident, the bus was driving slow enough for the dog to keep up with it.

Many netizens condemned the dog’s owner for being cruel to his dog and not getting off the bus.

But the story took an unexpected turn on September 5, when another netizen named ‘Yellow Woods Take You Flying’ (@黄森特带你飞) claimed that this was their family dog named Xixi.

He expressed his anger about how the incident was depicted by the netizen taking the pictures, and he wrote: “She is still with us and is not being mistreated. We did not abandon her and we were not on the bus! I care about her more than any of you!” The alleged owner said the dog was not tied and would sometimes go chasing after female dogs. He again clarified that he was not on that bus.

He also posted several other photos of Xixi on his Weibo account to prove it was his dog.

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But many netizens would not accept the netizen’s explanation: “Do you mean there was a female dog on the bus?” some wonder. Other warned him that his dog would get quickly get run over if he let him roam around this way.

Meanwhile, the female netizen who originally posted the pictures also faced backlash from Weibo netizens, who were angry with her for writing the dog’s owner was on the bus, and spreading wrong information to Chinese netizens and media.

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The girl directed her response to alleged owner @黄森特带你飞, saying: “So you’re the dog’s owner, well let me tell you; 1. I am not interested in you, nor am I interested in making you look bad. I just care about your dog being safe. 2. I am sorry for causing a misunderstanding, it was not my intention. 3. Thanks for having such a cute dog. Don’t abandon him, don’t give him up.”

By now, the little dog has become famous as the topic has been viewed over 65 million times.

Although the topic initially became big due to netizens thinking it was animal cruelty, it has now also become hot for being “fake news” – originating from one single netizen, and quickly taken over by Chinese media.

In the end, most netizens are happy the dog is safe. And despite all controversy over what information is false or true, one thing that is not disputed is that Xixi apparently is a dog that really loves to run.

[UPDATE] On September 7, another Chinese netizen published pictures of a horse running on the freeway in Kunming around 14.30.

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According to media, cars slowed down when they saw the horse so it would not get injured. It is not yet clear who the owner of the horse is.

– 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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Chinese Student Forced to Undergo “Fake Surgery” and Borrow Money While Lying on the Operating Table

The 17-year-old girl from Shaanxi underwent surgery for no reason at all, without her parents’ consent.

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The story of a 17-year-old girl who was forced to undergo a “fake surgery” at Shaanxi’s Ankang Xing’an Hospital has gone viral on Chinese social media.

One of the netizens to break the story on social media is the Weibo user @QinguanSihai (@秦观四海, 90,000+ followers), who posted about the incident on October 6.

According to the post, the incident occurred on October 4 when a young woman named Lu went online to seek medical attention because she was not feeling well. Since there was an available spot for a medical consultation at the private Ankang Xing’an Hospital, Lu went to see a doctor there.

While she was at the hospital in the city of Ankang, the woman allegedly was directly taken to the operating room and placed on the operating table after a short consultation; not for a medical examination, but for surgery.

The girl initially thought she was undergoing a routine medical check. As the surgery was already underway, the doctor stopped to let Lu sign some papers and then asked her if she could gather the money to pay for her medical procedure. When Lu protested and demanded to get off the surgery table, the doctor warned her that she was losing blood and that interrupting the procedure would be life-threatening.

Lying on the operating table, Lu called some of her friends to gather the money, all the while being pressured by the doctor that the money she had (1200 yuan/$185) was not enough to cover for the costs of surgery – which was still ongoing. The doctor allegedly even told Lu to get more money via the Alipay ‘Huabei’ loaning app.

Lu’s parents, who were contacted by concerned friends, soon showed up at the hospital as the doctor hastily ended the surgery. The parents, who were furious to discover their underage daughter had undergone a medical procedure without their consent, became even more upset when they later found out that Lu had undergone surgery to remove cervical polyps, while Lu’s medical reports showed that she actually had no cervical polyps at all. No reason could be found for their healthy daughter to have been operated on her cervix.

After Lu’s story went viral on social media, local authorities quickly started an investigation into the matter and soon confirmed that the story was real. An initial statement said that Angkang Xing’an Hospital is at fault for performing surgery on a minor without the consent of a guardian or parent. It was also recognized that the hospital has committed serious ethical violations. The hospital, located on 78 Bashan Middle Road (巴山中路), is now temporarily closed, and the doctor in question has since been fired.

Many Chinese netizens are angered about the incident, calling private hospitals such as Ankang Xing’an a “disgrace” to China’s healthcare industry.

This is by no means the first time that malpractices at Chinese local hospitals or clinics trigger online controversy. Various incidents that previously went viral show how some clinics put commercial interests above the health of their patients, and how some doctors think they can get away with abusing and scamming their patients.

In 2016, the death of the 21-year-old cancer patient Wei Zexi (魏则西) sparked online outrage. Wei Zexi, who shared his medical experiences on social media, spent 200,000 RMB to receive contested form of immunotherapy at the Beijing Armed Police Corps No. 2 Hospital (武警二院). The treatment, that was promoted on China’s leading search engine Baidu, was actually completely ineffective and the advertising for it was false.

By now, one hashtag relating to the Ankang incident has received over 270 million views on Weibo (#官方通报无病女生被推上手术台#), with other relating hashtags also circulating on social media (#家属回应无病女学生被迫手术#, #无病女学生被推上手术台涉事医院停业整顿#).

“This can’t be a real hospital, right?!” some worried netizens write, with others expressing the hopes that the medical institution will be severely punished for their wrongdoings.

By Manya Koetse

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Humans Fight at Beijing Wildlife Park, “Setting the Wrong Example” for the Animals

When the humans started fighting at this Beijing zoo, the animals followed suit.

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A fight between visitors of the Beijing Wildlife Park has gone viral on Chinese social media. The altercation happened on the afternoon of August 7 at the Wildlife Park in the Daxing District.

According to the WeChat account of the Beijing Wildlife Park, the fight erupted after two visitors had a dispute over something trivial. Their clash initially was only a verbal one, but soon turned physical.

A video of the incident published on Weibo by Beijing Life (@北京生活) shows that at least six people were involved in the fight, which included hair pulling, kicking, tearing clothes, and slapping. Even the people who were already lying on the ground still continued wrestling and kicking.

Not just children stood by during the altercation, many animals also witnessed the dramatic fight. Some netizens said the incident took place near the gorilla area.

Although local security guards were able to calm the fighting parties down and settle the matter, the violent altercation allegedly had some unexpected consequences.

According to the park statement (#园方回应动物效仿游客打架#), this was the first time for the park animals to witness such a fight between humans. For some animals, the event apparently left such an impression that they also started fighting together that same night.

The Beijing Wildlife conveyed how the humans had set a bad example for the animals, writing that the animals imitated them and that their fighting was “out of control.”

The park also writes that zookeepers stepped in, letting the animals know that “fighting is bad”, “really bad.”

By Manya Koetse (@manyapan) and Miranda Barnes

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