9-year-old girl takes rare Siberian tiger cub for walk in park

Global Times - - Mosaic -

Some vis­i­tors to a down­town park in East China were star­tled by an un­usual sight on Thurs­day – a young girl walk­ing a tiger cub on a leash.

It turned out 9-year-old Xiao­jing and her fe­line friend both have con­nec­tions to Donghu Park’s zoo in Quanzhou, Fu­jian Prov­ince.

Xiao­jing, the daugh­ter of a keeper at Donghu Zoo sur­named Sun, had been car­ing for the Siberian tiger cub ever since it was born this sum­mer.

Sun said his daugh­ter would some­times walk the cub in a small area in the park near its habi­tat where it was be­ing kept tem­po­rar­ily.

Sun ex­plained he had sep­a­rated the cub from its 9-year-old par­ents out of safety con­cerns.

A pre­vi­ous lit­ter of cubs was killed only six days after be­ing born when the mother ac­ci­den­tally crushed them, Sun said.

While some cel­e­brated the cute cou­ple, some on so­cial me­dia ob­jected to the idea of chil­dren play­ing with Siberian tigers and other pro­tected an­i­mals as if they were pets.

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