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Tiger kills girl at Chinese zoo
BBC News ^ | Friday, 23 February 2007 | Unknown

Posted on 02/23/2007 1:29:04 PM PST by decimon

A six-year-old girl has been killed by a tiger at a zoo in Kunming in south-western China's Yunnan province.

The girl was posing for photographs with the tiger when it was startled by camera flashes and pulled the girl's head into its mouth, state media said.

Staff beat the tiger until it released the girl, but she had suffered a crushed skull and died in hospital.

The zoo has stopped allowing visitors to pose with its tigers for a charge of $2 (£1), Xinhua news agency said.

The girl was identified as Rui Xin. Her mother was bitten on the arm while trying to rescue her.

A local newspaper said the zoo had been charging visitors for the opportunity to pose with the tiger since May 2005.


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1 posted on 02/23/2007 1:29:05 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Tigers do what tigers do.


2 posted on 02/23/2007 1:30:41 PM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Why not pose far enough away from the cage to be out of harm's way? Use a long lens and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. That's how they shoot those cliche scenes in movies where the hero throws himself in the air as the big explosion goes off.


3 posted on 02/23/2007 1:34:00 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: decimon

Did we learn nothing from Sigfried & Roy?...........


4 posted on 02/23/2007 1:34:45 PM PST by Red Badger (Britney Spears shaved her head............Well, that's one way of getting rid of headlice.........)
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To: Red Badger

We don't seem to learn at all.


5 posted on 02/23/2007 1:39:44 PM PST by decimon
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To: Red Badger
Sigfried and Roy? Sure -- "white, white, white is the color of our carpet." Seriesly, what don't folks get about the "wild" part of the designation "wild animals", as opposed to the "domestic" part of "domesticated animals" that can still take your hand off if they're having a bad day, or kick the heck out of you or step on you?

I love gorillas and chimps, but I'm not going to hop the fence and have lunch with them.
6 posted on 02/23/2007 1:41:55 PM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: decimon

Very sad. I heard this on the radio this morning and from the way the guy (Bill Handel) described it, I thought the tiger had bit the girl's head off and decapitated her! That left a horrible vision in my head, though the one described here isn't much different. :(


7 posted on 02/23/2007 1:47:28 PM PST by California74
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To: California74

No, "crushed skull" shouldn't be a descriptor for a child.


8 posted on 02/23/2007 1:55:28 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
From Wikipedia

Tigers (Panthera tigris) are mammals of the Felidae family and one of four "big cats" in the Panthera genus. They are apex predators and the largest feline species in the world....

The Wikipedia goes on to define "apex predator" in a way that can be read as top of the food chain in his neck of the woods.

Do not get in the cage with the tiger.

Message ends.

9 posted on 02/23/2007 1:55:46 PM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: decimon

There will be dozens of posts pointing out the folly of getting this close to a wild animal but we have congress critters who do the very same thing when it comes to the Islamofascists!


10 posted on 02/23/2007 1:57:01 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: decimon

bad putty tat......


11 posted on 02/23/2007 2:02:25 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: decimon

But the government zoo people led us to believe it was safe! Poor child.


12 posted on 02/23/2007 2:09:42 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress

They charged for posing with the tigers so it could be a private zoo. I suspect there is nothing you can't buy in China at this point in time.


13 posted on 02/23/2007 2:16:33 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Old Chinese saying: "Qi hu nan xia." When you ride the tiger, it's hard to get off.


14 posted on 02/23/2007 2:28:18 PM PST by Map Kernow ("I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just..." ---Thomas Jefferson)
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To: decimon

My Kittie cats strip a gear every day or so and what was a purring kitten is a deadly attack machine. If they weighed 200 pounds I'd be dead instead of just unattaching their various teeth and claws from my arm.


15 posted on 02/23/2007 2:31:32 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
"I love gorillas and chimps..."

I would say that's the 21st Century love that dare not speak its name ;-)

16 posted on 02/23/2007 2:33:20 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: decimon

There's a video on YouTube of a tiger killing a 16 foot long crocodile. You can only imagine what it would do to a little girl.


17 posted on 02/23/2007 2:36:39 PM PST by hawkeye101 (Liberalism IS a mental disorder. It can only be cured by large doses of common sense and the truth.)
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To: decimon
Posing with a Tiger.. Duuuugh..

Thought the Tiger head grip only happened in Las Vegas..

18 posted on 02/23/2007 2:44:27 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Okay, let me rephrase that. I'm simply fascinated by gorillas and chimps whose interactions with each other enthrall me. I find the hands of infant chimps are eerily human-like (perfect little nails) and their little faces are full of curiosity -- in other words -- I think they're really, really cool, awesome and neat, and if I didn't have a healthy respect for the fact they could take my head off at any given moment in time, I should like to pick them up and hug them as they appear to be extremely loving little (and not so little) creatures.

There. There, now. I hope that further clarifies and illuminates the issue of my choice of words to define my admiration for the species. ;-) Thank you.
19 posted on 02/23/2007 2:45:26 PM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: decimon

Could have been this one at the Kunming Zoo!

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-10/17/content_485581.htm


20 posted on 02/23/2007 2:46:39 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Well...one can never be too sure these days. I'm a dog man myself ;-)


21 posted on 02/23/2007 2:46:55 PM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: decimon

And of course, they will blame the tiger. This is the mother's fault. Stupid, stupid thing to do.


22 posted on 02/23/2007 2:48:28 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Lx
Sadly we had to take our Squeekums on that "trip to the vet" yesterday. She was around 19-years old and a bitch to the end.
Now our two other juvenile cats are wandering around causing a ruckus in her absence.
23 posted on 02/23/2007 2:49:01 PM PST by steveo (Is there anything else I can help you with today?)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I'm simply fascinated by gorillas and chimps whose interactions with each other enthrall me.

So then, you're a voyeur. :-)

24 posted on 02/23/2007 2:49:06 PM PST by decimon
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To: steveo

Oh, sorry. That is never easy.


25 posted on 02/23/2007 2:50:30 PM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: decimon

Zoos, theme parks, etc. are VERY popular in the PRC right now. In fact there is an Aircraft Carrier theme park, either in service or under construction (no, its not the Sov, er, Russian CVN).


26 posted on 02/23/2007 2:51:59 PM PST by Little Ray
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To: eyedigress

Good grief! Who gets to untie the tiger?


27 posted on 02/23/2007 2:52:34 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

I don't think they ever untie them. The conditions at that zoo are outrageous!


28 posted on 02/23/2007 2:54:28 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: steveo

I made that trip on the 14th.


29 posted on 02/23/2007 2:57:56 PM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx
My Kittie cats strip a gear every day or so and what was a purring kitten is a deadly attack machine. If they weighed 200 pounds I'd be dead instead of just unattaching their various teeth and claws from my arm.

There's a wonderful episode ("The Hidden Tiger" ca 1967) of the vintage TV show, "The Avengers," in which kitties are given little medallions that have some, tiny electronic circuitry inside that can receive some kind of brain waves that turn normal house cats into fearless and deadly tigers.

30 posted on 02/23/2007 2:58:15 PM PST by CDB (The Democrats "support the troops," in much the same way that a wet paper jock strap does)
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To: decimon
You guys! Stop making me giggle -- I work in a respectable joint -- wait -- what am I saying -- I work in a law firm.

Let me rephrase that (deja vu all over again), the study of nature and God's wild creatures is um...um...(I'll think of something innocuous -- give me a moment) is extremely edifying, yeah, that's it, edifying.
31 posted on 02/23/2007 3:47:54 PM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: decimon
We don't seem to learn at all.

Who's "we"? You don't see my pasty white butt in any tiger cages!

32 posted on 02/23/2007 4:15:20 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
The zoo has stopped allowing visitors to pose with its tigers for a charge of $2...

Still, you can't argue with that price.

33 posted on 02/23/2007 4:19:03 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam
Who's "we"?

We are all and all is we. Except for "them." They are something else.

34 posted on 02/23/2007 4:28:37 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
The girl was posing for photographs with the tiger when it was startled by camera flashes and pulled the girl's head into its mouth, state media said.

No! Bad kitty!

35 posted on 02/23/2007 5:41:16 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich!)
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To: decimon

My 5 year old thought this was a dumb idea.

She did want to know though, after the tiger ate the kid did they still get to keep the picture ?

LOL.


36 posted on 02/24/2007 8:04:09 AM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: steveo

Ohhhhhh. I'm so sorry. Poor Squeekums. But she feels like a new cat now.


37 posted on 02/24/2007 8:08:38 AM PST by A knight without armor
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To: eyedigress

This is the zoo and how they take the pictures, this is pure insanity, let's play Russian Roulette with the tiger.

Can we set up some kind of petting zoo like this for liberals?

38 posted on 02/24/2007 8:10:59 AM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: festus
She did want to know though, after the tiger ate the kid did they still get to keep the picture ?

Jackie Vernon:

Click-click: "Here's my kid with the tiger."

Click-click: "Here's my kid without a head with the tiger."

Course you'd have to remember Jackie Vernon to get that.

39 posted on 02/24/2007 8:28:26 AM PST by decimon
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