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posted by n1 on Thursday January 08 2015, @10:11AM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the everyone-is-safer-this-way dept.

Chris Perez reports at the NY Post that the Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo in Chongqing city is giving people the hair-raising chance to learn what it’s like to come face to face with an apex predator. Visitors pay to be caged inside the back of a truck as it makes its way through the animal park. Just to make sure they get the attention of the beasts, huge chunks of raw meat are tied to the bars to lure them as close as possible. “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,” says Chan Liang. “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.” According to CNN the trips have been sold out for the next three months. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before in a zoo,” says Tao Jen. “We’re not looking at them, they’re looking at us — and we’re lunch.”

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by francois.barbier on Thursday January 08 2015, @10:36AM

    by francois.barbier (651) on Thursday January 08 2015, @10:36AM (#132858)

    Didn't they watch Jurassic Park?

    • (Score: 1) by iWantToKeepAnon on Thursday January 08 2015, @03:10PM

      by iWantToKeepAnon (686) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 08 2015, @03:10PM (#132915) Homepage Journal
      What could go wrong with training the zoo animals to attack the visitors? Hmmmm.....
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      • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:19PM

        by Gaaark (41) on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:19PM (#132941) Journal

        "Clever girl."

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Thursday January 08 2015, @06:36PM

      by Freeman (732) on Thursday January 08 2015, @06:36PM (#132963) Journal

      In their defense, Dinosaurs would be Much, Much Stronger and harder to control. I would have a hard time seeing something like this working in the US, if only due to animal rights activists.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @10:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @10:37AM (#132859)

    The lions, whose ability to roam freely with cars was one of the parks original attractions, were separated from visitors by a fence around the road in 2005, due to visitors ignoring warnings and opening their car doors.

    Lion Country Safari [wikipedia.org]

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    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:04PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:04PM (#132937)

      Well, CA has slightly lower rates than the average of the country (1/4 instead of 1/3), but I can understand the need of the zoo to protect the the lions from the terribly unhealthy food found in the cars.

    • (Score: 1) by Belmakor on Tuesday January 20 2015, @10:08PM

      by Belmakor (2418) on Tuesday January 20 2015, @10:08PM (#136524)

      I live close to Lion Country Safari, and have been their twice.

      While a lot of the animals roam freely next to your vehicle (got trapped for 10+ minutes by a bunch of juvenile zebras blocking the road), the Lions are less exiting. First, they are kept in separate cages away from the road, so don't roam freely next to you. Second, Lions don't move period in the South Florida heat and humidity (I suppose I would have to check it out in winter time during early morning for a better experience).

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:04AM (#132864)

    They should try this with sharks!

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by wonkey_monkey on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:06AM

    by wonkey_monkey (279) on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:06AM (#132867) Homepage

    A Zoo where they Lock the Visitors inside Cages

    That's called a safari park here, and the cages are called cars. Attaching meat is a new one, I'll give you that.

    "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."

    Hmm, that's not a lawsuit waiting to happen, no sir. How about just not making it possible to poke fingers and hands outside the cage?

    China

    Oh, I see.

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    • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:08PM

      by bob_super (1357) on Thursday January 08 2015, @05:08PM (#132940)

      > That's called a safari park here, and the cages are called cars. Attaching meat is a new one, I'll give you that.

      I've heard it's not that uncommon to "seed" the safari trail in Africa, because predators an prey are pretty good at hiding, the spaces immense, but the average Joe tourist wants his pictures to keep dropping wads of cash.

    • (Score: 1) by PartTimeZombie on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:37PM

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 08 2015, @11:37PM (#133038)

      Yup, a Safari Park.
      I went to this one http://www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz/ [oranawildlifepark.co.nz] about 25 years ago, and watched Lions eat from the comfort of my car.
      How is this crap on this site?

      • (Score: 2) by wonkey_monkey on Friday January 09 2015, @12:22AM

        by wonkey_monkey (279) on Friday January 09 2015, @12:22AM (#133048) Homepage

        and watched Lions eat from the comfort of my car.

        That was a bit rude. I hope they at least gave you petrol money when you got it back.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @12:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @12:35PM (#132875)

    Is there going to be a scene where they all sit in a cage hung with meat but nothing happens?

    Animals are just there for our entertainment.

    Sounds really fucking lame even if there is action.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:39PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:39PM (#132889)

      Is there going to be a scene where they all sit in a cage hung with meat but nothing happens?

      Yes. And then, after nothing happened for some time, some impatient visitor opens the door, at which moment the predators suddenly leave their hiding ...

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by hoochiecoochieman on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:04PM

    by hoochiecoochieman (4158) on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:04PM (#132880)

    I once visited a zoo that had arrows everywhere giving the directions for "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World". After a while, I spotted the cage.

    The detailed description of the species, with name, food habits, behaviour, habitat, etc. is in a plate besides the cage, just like in all other cages in that zoo. The only difference is that this one is an empty cage with an open door.

    This "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World" is called homo sapiens. Visitors are supposed to enter the cage and have their friends take pictures of them from the outside. A big plate saying "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World" is clearly visible in all the pictures.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:43PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 08 2015, @01:43PM (#132890)

      Well, I can tell you, as long as you stay in their colon, homo sapiens are not at all dangerous.

      Yours sincerely,
      E. Coli

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Phoenix666 on Thursday January 08 2015, @03:49PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 08 2015, @03:49PM (#132924) Journal

    I've been to the Beijing Zoo a couple times. The first time on my own, the second time for a group trip. Visitors routinely abused the animals, whose cages were horrific steel and concrete affairs with not even a pastiche of habitat. They threw rubbish at the creatures; one man I saw put out his cigarette on the back of a sea otter that lay, semi-comatose and forlorn, on a concrete slab that constituted its enclosure.

    Throwing Chinese to the animals in the zoo would accomplish nothing lasting because of the Chinese relativity theorem ("No matter what it is, a billion Chinese couldn't give a damn"), but it would be a smidgeon of poetic justice.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @12:53AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 09 2015, @12:53AM (#133057)

      Throwing Chinese to the animals in the zoo would accomplish nothing lasting

      Of course not. An hour later they'd be hungry again.