Since the start of June, a video has gone viral showing a group of visitors at the Chiba Zoological Parkin Japan, laughing and joking at the expense of a poor tiger who thought one of them was his prey.The video shows him come across the young woman, who is sitting in front of the feline's glass enclosure with her back to him.Believing that she is within reach, the tiger begins his hunt, approaching slowly and stealthily...
When the young woman turns to face him, he pounces with all his force and tragically throws himselfat the wall of the enclosure.The group of visitors crack up at the shock, seemingly oblivious to the tragic reality of the scene:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxCYBlW9xMk[/embed]
The absurdity and horror of captivity
Just like this tiger, most zoo animals spend their lives imprisoned in artificial habitats which do not meet their basic needs.Though some zoos make more of an effort than others to make it astimulatingenvironment, there is one thing they all have in common: they imprisonanimals against their wishes, putting them on display for the amusement of the public.No matter how big the enclosure, all zoo animals are solitary prisoners, living a life of sadness and boredom.
In fact, the best way of protecting animals in danger of extinction, like these tigers, is simply by preserving their natural habitat. There is no need to put them in a cage.The WWF has raised the alarm: there are only 3200 tigers left in the wild. To find out more and to support the efforts of the organisation, click here.