“How immature & pathetic, this is what you would expect from children not adults…what an example to set…NOT!! Some may say people are being over sensitive, it’s only snow…that’s not the issue! It is bad enough that humans take these wild animals & cage them in unsuitable living quarters, for the rest of their natural lives! Yet still, some humans seem to think they have the right to humiliate & ridicule them too…pathetic knob heads!” I would like to see them try it, without a large brick wall between them!!
According to China Daily, the photos — taken at Hangzhou Zoo on Jan. 5 and later posted on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo — were shared countless times and received thousands of comments criticizing the abuse.
Breeder Zhu Yan told Xinhua News Agency that zoo workers did not see visitors throwing snowballs since they were busy clearing snow at the time.
“Although snowballs can’t hurt large animals like lions, the behaviour upset us nonetheless,” Zhu said. “Our animals should be treated fairly. We hope our visitors will use some self-discipline and be nicer to them.”
According to reports, a sole visitor threw the first snowball, inciting others to join. The lion and lioness huddled together, as seen in the photos, until the attack was over. In the end, the male lion let out a roar and starred down the visitors as they walked away, the Global Times notes.
The sad thing is, this is way better than what they normally throw. When I went LAST YEAR people were throwing anything they could get their hands on at the animals. Such as full plastic water bottles, coke cans, also full, rocks, and the worst part is NO ZOO STAFF WAS PRESENT.
Although the Chinese government has banned certain types of animal abuses at its country’s zoos in recent years, the restrictions do not apply directly to the behaviour of the zoo’s visitors.