Tourists ex­posed again in sa­fari park

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By YANG WANLI yang­wanli@chi­

Se­cu­rity at a Bei­jing sa­fari park is in the spot­light again af­ter two groups of tourists opened their car win­dows to feed dan­ger­ous an­i­mals over the week­end.

A video widely cir­cu­lated on­line since Satur­day shows a black sport util­ity ve­hi­cle stop­ping in the bear en­clo­sure at Badal­ing Wildlife Park. The driver-side win­dow opens, and a sun bear tries to squeeze its head into the car. Then cookie-like ob­jects are thrown from the win­dow. Af­ter a cou­ple of sec­onds, the car ac­cel­er­ates and leaves. No in­juries were re­ported.

The video was recorded by a tourist sur­named Wang, who was in a car be­hind the SUV. It was shot at about 10 am on July 10, Wang said, adding that no park of­fi­cials were around at the time.

Since there was no in­jury re­port, and no com­plaint has been re­ceived by the park, the case is still be­ing con­firmed, said Liu Weishi, di­rec­tor of the park’s man­age­ment of­fice.

“Our con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem is still un­der ad­just­ment, and not ev­ery cor­ner in the park is un­der sur­veil­lance. The num­ber of pa­trol cars is also lim­ited and can­not cover ev­ery cor­ner,” he said.

Af­ter the video was posted, a pic­ture also be­gan to cir­cu­late on­line of two chil­dren lean­ing out of the sun­roof of a white car over the week­end. The in­ci­dent took place in an area where vis­i­tors have been warned not to open their win­dows.

The po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­ity was stopped by the park’s pa­trol team.

In July last year, two women got out of their car in the park’s

Get­ting out of a car in a park where you know there are tigers ... is rather fool­ish, to say the least.” Yue Yuan, in­ter­net user

tiger zone, ig­nor­ing the rule that tourists should stay in their ve­hi­cles, as well as warn­ings from pa­trol cars. The in­ci­dent left a wo­man dead and an­other se­verely in­jured af­ter a Siberian tiger at­tacked and dragged one of the women away.

De­spite such hor­rific in­ci­dents, some tourists still don’t fol­low safety in­struc­tions and risk their lives dur­ing tours of the park.

In March, five mem­bers of a fam­ily got out of their ve­hi­cle for more than two min­utes in the Tiger Zone, de­spite park of­fi­cials’ warn­ings. No in­juries re­sulted.

“Some peo­ple may blame the wildlife park for loop­holes in man­age­ment. But get­ting out of a car in a park where you know there are tigers — and warn­ing signs are posted — is rather fool­ish, to say the least,” an in­ter­net user named Yue Yuan said on so­cial me­dia.

Ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Liu, the park al­lows vis­i­tors to drive through if they sign an agree­ment to obey the speed limit, lock all win­dows and doors and not feed the an­i­mals. The ad­mis­sion price in­cludes in­sur­ance, but only for dam­age to cars caused by the an­i­mals.

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