So much for the year of the tiger, when this news broke out netizens were full of grief…
Shenyang, China news agency reports on March 11, 11 Siberian tigers died within three month period in Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Park, allegedly the cause of death was lack of food, starvation. At the same period of time 30 other animals also died there.
According to the local “Liaoning Daily”, some insider revealed that the zoo only gave each tiger two chickens a day, this is all the food for the day for one tiger, thus leading to the death of these tigers.
This has also been confirmed by the Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Protection Station. The station vice manager Liu Xiaoqiang told the reporter on March 11 that the tigers in the zoo live in the small cages, lack of activity causes decrease of immunity, plus inadequate intake of nutrients, which could cause the death of these tigers.
In accordance with the relevant provisions, death of tigers at the zoo should be reported to the relevant government departments. At the Wildlife Conservation Station in Shenyang reporter saw a report written by the zoo: January 23, one Siberian tiger died, cause of death is hemorrhagic enteritis; January 30, one death caused by congestive heart failure; January 31, one death caused by nephritis, renal failure; February 8, one death caused by myocarditis.
It was reported that 11 Siberian tigers died during this period starting from December of last year. In November last year this zoo had an incident of park staff member being bitten and injured by two tigers. These two tigers were wounded by the rescuers and soon died after. This accident has been identified as a result of lack of capital investment on the security system at the zoo; the hidden dangers were detected but however not fixed in time and also the staff member was operating while violating regulations.
After the incident, the zoo was ordered to close for reorganization, however during this period, 11 tigers died one after another.
The zoo has always had the problem of animals including tigers not getting enough food, the zoo therefore was many times subjected to criticisms. For this reason the local government has been giving support and funding to the zoo, however the animals’ living condition has not been fundamentally improved.
It is reported that Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Park was established in 2000 by a private enterprise in Dalian. In the first couple of years the business was good, and later for various reasons profit has declined. When the zoo was first established, there were 1024 animals of 61 species, and as for February 8 this year, there were only 518 animals of 49 species left.
Siberian tiger lanterns near the Shenyang Forest Wild Animal Park