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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 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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