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Visiting a wildlife park is often an opportunity to witness nature up close.
But imagine one group of tourist's surprise when several hungry tigers tucked into a live cow right in front of them.
These pictures show the shocking moment tourist guides fed a live cow to five hungry tigers.
The shocked visitors watched from the safety of their buses as the fearsome beasts launched into a feeding frenzy.
The cow had been dumped from the back of a truck and made a brave attempt to escape before being overcome by the powerful tigers.
Amateur photographer Chris Geddes, 31, captured the images on a trip to the Siberian Tiger Park, in Harbin, China.
He said: 'I had heard that the Siberian Tiger Park was a famous tourist attraction in the area and I jumped at the chance to go.
'After a brief walk through the traditional zoo-like cages and some more spacious enclosures, we were loaded on to one of six buses for the guided tour of the park.
'The park was spread across several square kilometres of land with a meandering dirt road.
'A large dump truck reversed into the ring of buses while the armoured jeeps drove quickly around the perimeter in an attempt to energise the tigers.
'I looked at my friend in disbelief as the back of the truck lifted and a live cow slid out landing on its back.
'The cow, which appeared generally unwell, clambered to it's feet as two tigers approached, one taking the offensive lead.
'Within several seconds the cow fell to the ground, unable to stave off the cats' attack.
'Two other cats joined in to end the struggle. I could not believe my eyes.'
Orthopaedic surgeon Chris said when he and his friend came to leave the park they spotted a 'menu' with prices for various animals to be thrown to the tigers alive.
Chickens were available for just £3.50, while a cow was on offer for £130.
Originally posted by grantbeed
This is just shocking to say the least and the people who work at the park should be ashamed of themselves and are certainly not animal lovers.
How do the parks justify the practice?
Park managers justify live feeding on the grounds that it provides “training” for predators destined to be released into the wild (so called “barbarization training” or “wildness training”). It is also used as a form of public entertainment
Often the public are encouraged to “buy” the prey animals before they are fed to the predators, and even in some cases allowed to dangle live chickens and other animals into the predators' enclosure on the ends of ropes or fishing lines
So why is it wrong?
•Predators kept in Chinese parks and zoos are not destined to be released into the wild. Indeed many of them are not even indigenous to China. These poor animals are simply there to make money for the park owners
•Even if some of the predators were destined for release, “barbarization training” does not prepare them for a life in the wild. Most of the “prey” animals used in live feeding shows are domestic livestock; the only thing this teaches a predator is to hunt domestic animals, which would result in conflict with farmers if the predator was released.
The prey animals have no means of escape, and there is no attempt to allow the predators to carry out normal predatory behaviour (eg stalking, chasing).
As Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, stated in 1999, “Teaching a tiger to hunt domestic animals does not teach it to survive in the wild and, endangered or not, the tiger faces death from farmers protecting their livelihood
•According to the Nanjing Modern Express (Oct 2002), there is evidence that the majority of the Chinese zoo-going public are against the practice of live feeding, and consider the methods used to be “too barbaric
•Dr Zhang Li, IFAW's China Director, said “the so called barbarization training cannot revive tigers' predatory abilities and it serves no educational end. It only provides the audience with a cruel, bloody show, which may severely harm the psychological wellbeing of the children present
•Live feeding shows in China do not provide a safe environment for spectators, who are often on buses with open windows, or on the other side of narrow water-filled ditches. Predatory animals that have been starved prior to the “show” to make them more hungry and aggressive are potentially very dangerous in these circumstances
•Live feeding flies in the face of claims zoos make that they are interested in promoting the welfare of animals (wild or domestic