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Chinese zookeepers feed live donkey to tigers in front of horrified onlookers

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 7/06/2017 Sean Morrison

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Chinese zookeepers have been filmed pushing a live donkey into the jaws of two hungry tigers in front of shocked onlookers.

In the gory footage, the terrified animal can be seen clinging for life as workers push it off a ledge into the tiger’s enclosure.

After crashing into water, the predators pounce on the struggling donkey in what is believed to be Changzhou zoo in eastern China.

The video only shows the beginning of the attack, but local media reports the donkey was mauled to death by the tigers over a period of half an hour.

A zoo official told the South China Morning Post that a shareholder involved in a dispute with the zoo was behind the incident that emerged this week.

The shareholder had allegedly arranged for a group of men to take some of the zoo’s animals, including the donkey, outside to sell them.

But they were stopped by security and then tried to push the animals into the tiger enclosure instead, the official told the newspaper.

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