Stray zoo bird is savaged to death by a white tiger after landing in the wrong enclosure.
The stunningly beautiful blue peacock had wandered into the big cat section by mistake.
But within seconds it ended up as a snack for the rare white tiger at Shendiaoshan Wildlife World, in Weihai, Shandong Province, eastern China.
The grim scene was filmed by one stunned zoo-goer who later posted it on Douyin, China’s version of TikTok.
As sickened visitors look on, the big cat chews over its unexpected meal with the bird’s strikingly vivid feathers sticking out of its mouth.
The tiger can be seen holding the bird down with one giant paw while it gears at its body with its razor-sharp teeth.
Numerous netizens commented on the video, saying it just shows how nature works – while others criticised the zoo for making room for such cruel scenes for tourists.
Douyin user ‘yi’ said: “If you know your neighbours are meat-eaters, you should definitely not go and visit.”
Another user – ‘Li Jiani’ – wrote: “Don’t tigers eat meat? Why do you keep the tiger and the peacock in one place?”
Zoo staff later responded to the criticism and said there are over 1,000 peacocks living in the wildlife park.
They let the birds live free-range, aiming to create a more natural living environment for them.
Some staff members reportedly saw the bird being eaten, but there was no way to make the tiger let go.
The zoo claimed this was the first time a peacock has been eaten, and promised to strengthen safety measures preventing the birds from going inside the tigers’ den.
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Story By: Simona Kitanovska, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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