Recently, there has been much debate on the animal captivity in zoos, and we must agree that keeping animals in cages is inhumane and wrong to the core.
We cannot consider ourselves to be major-league, and everything and everyone in nature should serve our desires. We actually deprive other living beings of their natural habitat and freedom and imprison and humiliate them just for fun.
Moreover, Animals Australia claims:
“Whilst some zoos may contribute in small ways to conservation projects, the vast majority of animals in zoos are not on the endangered species list, and the ones who are will likely never be rehabilitated to their natural habitat. A study conducted by the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) found that almost half of the animals in breeding programs in the EU were not even endangered in the wild.”
However, a Chinese zoo decided to make a change and found an interesting way to give people an opportunity to spend time with animals without caging them.
The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo lets big cats and other wildlife species, like bears, roam free and instead, allows visitors to enter the cages.
The Daily Mail reports:
“Standing inside a wire mesh cage, the visitors are able to offer food to lions and tigers through a small opening and watch as the massive cats leap onto the vehicle to be fed. Live chickens are also being used to bait the predators, which so far include lions, Bengal tigers, and their subspecies, the white tiger, and bears.”
Zoo spokeswoman Chan Llang told the OddityCentral,
“We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks. The guests are warned to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”
In order to attract the animals, visitors can use chunks of meat that are tied to the outside of moving cages, and these vehicles also protect them from being eaten.
Chan Llang also says that the visitors are warned “to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”
Yet, there are still opponents to this idea, who claim that the zoo is dangerous as zoo visitors are too close to the wild animals. The Daily Mail reported that some individuals consider this unusual park attraction as ‘an accident waiting to happen’.
On the contrary, the zoo is extremely popular, which just shows that most people actually enjoy spending time with their favorite animals while they are freely roaming their natural habitats.
Tao Jen, a visitor, says:
“It’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced in a zoo before. We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us – and we’re lunch.”