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Woman Killed By Tiger in Beijing Safari Park – Who is Responsible?

One Chinese woman was killed and one injured by a tiger’s attack when they exited their car in the middle of a wildlife park in Beijing. Netizens now wonder if the safari park should be held responsible for the tragic incident.

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One Chinese woman was killed and one injured by a tiger’s attack when they exited their car in the middle of a wildlife park in Beijing. Netizens now wonder if the safari park should be held responsible for the tragic incident.

Security cameras captured how a woman was attacked by a tiger on Saturday July 23 in Beijing Badaling Wildlife World (八达岭野生动物世界). The news and footage of the initial attack, shared by CCTV on Weibo on July 24, became trending on Chinese social media.

The video shows a white car stopping in the middle of the safari park, and a woman coming out from the passenger’s side. She walks up to the driver’s side but is then attacked by a tiger from behind and dragged away. The driver and a backseat passenger come out of the car and run after the woman.

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The incident left one person dead, and one person injured. According to various Chinese media, both were women in a company of four.

The young woman who got out of the car reportedly had an argument with her husband, who was in the driver’s seat, and got out of the car. The elder woman who came to her rescue as she was dragged away is the one who died; the younger woman sustained injuries. It is not clear if the elder woman was the woman’s mother. There was also a child present in the car.

The park’s official Weibo account and official website do not mention the accident. The website does mention the park will be closed due to “heavy rain”, although other sources say that it was ordered to close due to the incident.

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According to CCTV, the park rules clearly state that visitors are not to leave their cars at any times and keep door and windows securely locked.

Nevertheless, many netizens do wonder if the park is to be held responsible and if they should compensate the families of the victims.

This is not the first tragedy taking place in the Badaling Wildlife park. The managing director of the park got trampled and killed by an elephant in the park’s elephant house in March of this year.

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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.

According to Chinese media outlet The Oberver, sources close to the husband of the deceased victim stated they were not aware that they were still within the range of the wildlife safari, and thought they had already left.

The park indicates that its ranger honked the horn from the jeep to warn the woman not to get out of the car, but that they could not stop them from doing so.

“If you would exit the park, it is very clearly marked by a huge fence,” one netizen comments.

“This is the same as someone opening a window on an airplane,” one commenter says.

Some netizens say all parties, except for the tiger, are at fault in this matter: “Firstly, the tiger bears no responsibility for this. Secondly, the woman has no brains for coming out of the car like that. Thirdly, the park should not have visitors drive around by themselves like that.”

The case is currently under investigation. The whereabouts of the tiger are unclear. “Please don’t tell me they killed this tiger because of this moron getting out of the car,” one netizen says.

– By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the founder and editor-in-chief of whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer, public speaker, and researcher (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends, digital developments, and new media in an ever-changing China, with a focus on Chinese society, pop culture, and gender issues. She shares her love for hotpot on hotpotambassador.com. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

China Health & Science

Shanghai ‘Dead Man’ Taken Away to Morgue, Found to Be Alive

An incident in which a man taken to a morgue turned out to be alive doesn’t really help to restore residents’ trust in Shanghai.

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An incident in which a Shanghai man, who was thought to be dead, was taken to a funeral home before he was found to be alive has become a big topic on Chinese social media.

The incident happened on the afternoon of May 1st at the Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home (上海新长征福利院) in the city’s Putuo District.

A video of the incident went viral on Chinese social media in which a body bag can be seen put into a vehicle by three people, two members of staff from the nursing home and one funeral home worker. Shortly after, the body bag is taken out again and put back on a trolley. One of the nurses zips open the bag, pulls a cover from the man’s face, and apparently finds him to be alive.

“He’s alive,” one of the workers says in shock: “He’s alive, I saw it, he’s alive. Don’t cover him any more.”

The man is then transferred back into the nursing home, still inside the body bag.

The video that is making its rounds on social media was filmed from two different angles, the person filming can be heard calling the incident “a disgrace for human life” and “irresponsible.”

On May 2nd, the Chinese state media outlet People’s Daily posted about the incident on Weibo, saying the city district is currently investigating the case. The man was hospitalized and his vital signs are stable.

Meanwhile, multiple people are held accountable for the incident. The head of the nursing home has been dismissed and will be further investigated, along with four district officials. The license of the doctor involved will also be revoked.

The Shanghai Xinchangzheng Nursing Home has also apologized for the incident (#上海一福利院就未死亡老人被拉走道歉#).

On social media, many people are angry about the incident, wondering why the old man was transported to the funeral home in the first place, and why the members of staff seemed to be indifferent after finding out he was still alive.

In the video, the member of staff standing next to the man can be seen covering the patient’s face again after finding out he is still alive, leaving the body bag zipped up. Many also see this as a cold and incomprehensible way to respond.

After weeks of online anger about the chaotic and sometimes inhumane way in which Shanghai authorities have been handling the Covid outbreak in the city, this incident seems to further lower the public’s trust in how patients and vulnerable residents are being treated.

“Shanghai is such a terrifying place!”, some on Weibo write.

“Just think about it,” one person responded: “This incident took place in one of China’s most prosperous cities and happened to be filmed. How much is happening in other cities that is not caught on camera? Today, it’s this man, in the future, it’s us.”

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse, with contributions by Miranda Barnes

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China and Covid19

‘Hard Isolation’ is Shanghai’s New Word of the Day

In line with a new ‘hard isolation’ measure, the entrances of some Shanghai residential buildings were fenced up.

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While some Shanghai households have already endured weeks of isolation, a new word was added to their epidemic vocabulary today: ‘hard isolation’ or ‘strong quarantine’ (yìng gélí 硬隔离)

The word popped up on Chinese social media on April 23rd after some Shanghai netizens posted photos of fences being set up around their community building to keep residents from walking out.

“New word: hard isolation. Shanghai is rotten to the core,” one commenter wrote.

The word soon turned into a hashtag page where people started commenting on the issue of fences being placed around residential buildings, voicing concerns on what a fence around buildings would mean for fire safety, especially after online rumors suggested that there had been a fire at one community in Pudong on Saturday night.

An official document regarding the ‘hard isolation’ measure was also shared online on Saturday. It is dated April 23, 2022, and its source is the Pudong New Area Office for Epidemic Control.

The document states that in line with the guidelines for the city’s epidemic prevention and control, the division between areas or zones that are in certain risk categories should be ‘optimized,’ with those in the high-risk category requiring a ‘hard isolation.’ Security guards should also be on duty 24 hours a day at the entrance of the buildings.

Earlier this month, Shanghai adopted “3-level control measures” after its initial phased lockdown. It means that local areas will be classified as “locked-down,” “controlled” or “precautionary,” based on their Covid19 risk.

“Could we also put fences around the homes of Shanghai leaders?”, one person suggested, while others posted images from the Walking Dead to mock the situation.

In the hope of Shanghai soon tackling the Covid situation, not everybody disagreed with the decision to fence some buildings or communities in the Pudong area: “I don’t disagree with it, as long as there is always someone there to open the fence in case of fire,” one person stated.

Although having a fence around their building is currently not a reality for most in Shanghai, the online photos of some communities seeing their buildings being fenced up is a reason to worry for some: “It’s been 40 days, and now they start hard isolation? This actually scares me. Before we know it, it’s June.”

One Weibo user asked: “Why is it possible to implement this hard isolation now? Was this created by the same persons who also implemented the rule to separate children from parents at isolation sites?”

“I truly can’t imagine why some people thought this is a good idea,” others wrote.

For more articles on the Covid-19 topics on Chinese social media, check here.

By Manya Koetse

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