“A woman was killed by a tiger over the weekend after jumping out of a car in a Beijing animal park to try to save her daughter from a tiger attack,” nytimes.com reports. “At least one tiger mauled the women on Saturday at Badaling Wildlife World in a section that allows people to drive their own vehicles through a Siberian tiger enclosure, the Yanqing County government said in a written statement.” Here’s how it went down . . .
The woman left the car because of an argument with her husband, reported The Legal Evening News, based in Beijing. The Beijing News, also based in the Chinese capital, quoted a friend of the family who denied that the couple had been fighting.
The woman who was first attacked was badly injured, and her mother, who left the car in an effort to save her daughter, was killed, The Beijing News reported. The woman’s husband was uninjured, as was their child, who remained in the vehicle, the newspaper said.
I’d like to point out that Chinese gun control is as absolute as it gets. The entire population is disarmed. So, while the danger of a tiger attack in a drive-through animal park is minimal (assuming you stay in your vehicle), and the result disturbingly spectacular, the Chinese government poses the greatest danger to the average citizen. Like this via how.org:
China remains an authoritarian state, one that systematically curbs fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion, when their exercise is perceived to threaten one-party rule.
The penalties are, shall we say, severe. Anyway, Americans are advised to bring some firepower to their animal park adventures. Oh wait. Most ban them. Never mind?