Here is only a snippet of the Dalian Forrest Zoo. I have to say if you are a panda you live in absolute luxury and your every whim is met and nobody is allowed to throw plastic bottles or cookies into your enclosure. However, if you are a black bear, a wolf, a tiger, a polar bear cub, a hynea then you live in shitty conditions and the public are allowed to throw rubbish into your enclosure,which apparently never gets cleaned, and you live in a concrete wasteland.
Also it is perfectly ok if members of the public hit you hard with large implements, I have photographic evidence of someone smacking a hyena in the face with a toy sword and causing the animal much distress. When I alerted the warden he smiled and just said the ever famous “bu hao yi si!”. Eurgh. Enough to make you go on a rampage hurling people over the fences to be mauled. I doubt he would have been so brave to taunt the animals had there been no barrier. ASS! Oh and if you are a little polar bear cub you can expect people to bang on the glass of your tiny cage and shout at you as you pathetically growl and howl for your mother. Yeah real fun good times.
The monkey enclosures were pretty but my god I didn’t know who were the real monkeys. The monkeys were so civilised compared to the zoo visitors. They hurled bottles of sugary tea to the primates, delighted in tossing them chocolate, and other fatty snacks they had brought for their little monster children.
That is my next rant, the children of China are super brats in the making. Sweet 16 and Honey Boo Boo have nothing on these pampered princelings. I have to be honest China has an abundance of spoiled brats, whose every nasty behaviour is praised by their ineffectual parents. Where is Chinese super nanny? I saw a sign saying don’t dangle the children over the fence but I kept thinking just chuck them over. I watched as a child badgered, poked, and screamed at a clearly distressed eagle owl. I kept thinking just put your fingers in you little shit and see what happens. The parents laughed thinking it was the height of hilarity to watch animals being tortured by their off spring. Don’t get me wrong I actually like kids but in China more often than not you meet these little demon children who are so indulged they could seriously do with a naughty step.
“Oh you anti-China hater” I hear you think but I am not I actually adore China but goddamn China can annoy me. I have more pictures, which when the wifi and VPN allow I will upload of the cruel side of the zoo. I know I shouldn’t have gone and upset myself but I was desperate to see the new breeding facility for the pandas. Also I am not just hating on the Chinese today but also the Japanese and Korean tourists who were just as bad, as were the Russians and the crass American tourist who went around swearing and being stupidly racist towards everyone but his Chinese girlfriend…..
I worry that this post is made in rage but if you had seen the way the other visitors taunted the already distressed animals you would have felt your blood boil too. I have been to amazing zoos where I think hell I want to be a monkey! Don’t tell me it is funding, Dalian is very rich and they have money to spend on animals they care about. The pandas had humidifying waterfalls and spotless enclosures but the bears were locked in concrete coffin cells. The leopards and wolfs had litter encrusted areas and the poor camels were just jammed in a sand box.
That said my faith in humanity was restored when i got home and saw even more people had joined the cause of the stray kitten. Before we had a chance to provide him with his supper someone else had brought him a fish!