Caught on camera: Moment 33-ton aquarium bursts in shopping centre, showering crowds with LIVE SHARKS and shards of glass

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“I saw this in the news, so thought mum wouldn’t mind me posting it on her behalf!”

The tank was an attraction at the entrance to the Shanghai Orient shopping centre in China‘s second city when it shattered without warning on December 19.

Eight of those hurt were customers and the rest were shop assistants and security staff. They mostly suffered deep cuts and bruises from sheets of broken glass.

In the footage below, it is possible to see that the majority of the people were standing right near the aquarium when it exploded.

Shoppers fled in panic as shards of 15cm thick acrylic glass gave way, flooding the entrance of the shopping centre.

Before the accident

A police spokesman said: ‘There were lots of injuries caused by flying glass, some of them serious because the glass was so thick. We are investigating what caused this.’

Three lemon sharks and dozens of turtles and smaller fish, which were housed in the aquarium, were also victims of the accident that was caught on CCTV.

A rush of water and broken glass bursts out of the tank and heads towards the people looking at it

While no official reason has been given for the accident, customers said that they believe a sudden drop in temperature may have caused the burst, as the weather apparently grew much colder in Shanghai last week.

The aquarium was reportedly very popular when it first opened before the National Day holiday two years ago, but there have been problems with the tank before, as in June a ruptured water pipe led to the death of two sharks and the removal of several turtles.

Chen Yongping, an official with the shopping centre management, said that they are not going to ‘build an aquarium again in the future’.

News Link:– http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253406/Shocking-moment-33-ton-shark-tank-burst-shopping-centre-injuring-15-people-sent-shards-broken-glass-flying-crowd.html?ICO=most_read_module

Published on 26 Dec 2012

This is the shocking moment a 33-ton glass shark tank suddenly burst leaving 15 people injured by flying shards of broken glass and a torrent of water.

Arrests made in dog death

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“Stupid & ignorant, I hope they get charged, make an example of them & warn others about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars!!”

Charges were pending Sunday after a brown Labrador was found dead in a car parked at the Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan.

York Regional Police arrested a man and woman from Northern Ontario after the discovery around 2 p.m. The couple were returning from Woofstock — a dog oriented event — in Toronto.

A shopper noticed the dog in the car and informed mall security, who in turn dialled 9-1-1. The dog was in distress as the window was barely open a crack, Insp. Shelley Rogers said.

“My truck thermometer was registering 34C,” she said. “And that’s in a cooled down truck.”

The car was parked in an area with no shade. Police believe the dog was in the car for at least two hours before a passerby noticed.

The dog was alive and fading quickly when security was called. It was still alive as firefighters tried to give it water through the window crack and used their tools to open the window further. The dog went unconscious in the car as efforts were still underway to get it out.

The dog’s owners came out to the car and were taken into custody.

Even 10 minutes is too long to leave a dog in the car on a hot day, she said, adding that the largest penalty a judge could issue for cruelty to animals is $2,000 and/or six months in jail.

News Link:-http://www.lfpress.com/news/canada/2012/06/10/19860931.html

Video: Circus-animal ban urged as elephant breaks free – National News – Independent.ie

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“Smart ele, I wouldn’t want to have to do stupid tricks to entertain humans either, so I too would have tried to run away…this elephants is trying to tell us something…they don’t belong in the circus. That could have ended tragically, either human casualties or the elephant having to be shot….wild animals don’t belong on the steets of towns or cities, the belong in the wild”

WELFARE campaigners have demanded the banning of all large, wild animals from Irish circuses after an elephant wandered into a retail centre car park and made a dash for a busy road.

The incident in Blackpool Retail Park in Cork involved an adult elephant from Courtney Brothers’ Circus.The female, named ‘Baby’, had been grazing in a storage area near the circus tent when she wandered into the nearby car park.

She made a dash towards Blackpool Shopping Centre and a busy junction on the Cork-Limerick road. The animal initially failed to respond to commands from one handler, and a second handler rushed to the scene.After a few minutes, the elephant allowed itself to be led back to its grazing area.

The incident was captured on a mobile phone by a man in a nearby Blackpool office block.Eyewitness Paul Dunbar, who works for Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch, said people were initially shocked and then worried. “It was quite a dangerous situation,” he said.Circus official Michelle Courtney last night insisted the incident was being blown out of proportion.

“Handlers were with ‘Baby’ at all times,” she said.”There was absolutely no danger or risk.”But animal welfare lobby Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) warned the incident represented “a wake-up call” over the continuing involvement of large, wild animals in Irish circuses. “(This shows) the need for local councils to adopt proper legislation to ensure circuses are banned on grounds of animal welfare and public safety,” ARAN spokesman John Carmody said.- Ralph Riegel

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