In what can only be described as a horrific and tragic incident, a zoo worker in Shanghai, China has died.
Mauled to death by bears in the Shanghai Wildlife Park’s “wild beast area”, his death was witnessed by visitors to the zoo.
In the Shanghai Wildlife Park’s wild beast area, wild animals including lions, tigers, wolves, and bears are free to roam.
The section of the zoo is a drive-through area, and buses travel through it.
While visitors drove through, they noticed bears chasing the zoo employee.
Someone shot a video of the incident that circulated on Chinese social media outlet Weibo over the weekend.
The video recorded over 600,000 views.
Other media outlets chose not to show the video given the sensitive nature of it.
Audio of the video reveals the tourists screams.
One bus passenger is heard screaming, “There is someone!”
Another person says, “What’s going on?”
Reportedly, there was another individual in the area who attempted to drive an excavator truck toward the bears to scare them away.
His efforts were unsuccessful.
The Zoo’s Response
The zoo issued a statement that read in part:
“Our park is extremely saddened by such a tragedy, expressing deep condolences to the deceased, expressing deep sympathy to the families of the deceased and apologizing for the inconvenience it caused to tourists.”
Inconvenience is an interesting choice of words as noted by a Twitter user.
"the Shanghai Wildlife Park said it was 'extremely distressed that such a tragedy occurred', adding that it also 'apologised to tourists for any inconvenience caused'."
Yeah watching a man get brutally mauled to death while he screams in agony is just a little "inconvenience"
— Walton Fore (@ForeWalton) October 19, 2020
The statement also said:
“At present, our park is actively cooperating with relevant departments to conduct an incident investigation.”
— Seer Media (@Seer_media) October 19, 2020
The identity of the worker is unknown at this time.
It is unclear which species of bears, brown or black, was involved.
The safety protocols of the zoo are also not known but certainly open to further review.
Not surprisingly, that section of the zoo is closed until further notice.
Zoo Employees – In Danger?
Unfortunately, this is just the latest death of a zoo employee.
In July, a Swiss zoo worker was killed by a Siberian tiger.
Visitors to the zoo also witnessed that attack.
In May, a 35-year-old female Australian zoo keeper survived an attack and mauling by two lions.
She suffered serious head and neck injuries.
This string of incidents brings up the age old question of whether wild animals should be contained in a zoo or park environment.
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