People are outraged at the photos surfacing on the Internet showing lions hit with snowballs at a zoo. The incident was captured in photos at the Hangzhou Zoo, and on Jan. 12 The Insquisitr shared the details of the incident.
It seems that the lions were hit with snowballs after one visitor threw a snowball, and others decided to join in on the “fun.” A lion and lioness huddled together in their enclosure as the snowballs flew, and after a bit the group of zoo visitors moved on to do the same to animals in other exhibits. They ended up also throwing snowballs at giraffes, tigers, monkeys and other types of animals. Sadly, Huffington Post notes an online commenter who says this type of behavior isn't all that unusual for visitors to the zoo. In fact, apparently sometimes far worse things are thrown at animals.
The photos became a worldwide Internet sensation after they were posted on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, and the Hangzhou Weekly shared the report of the insensitive group who hit lions with snowballs. Sadly, this wasn't a group of young children acting out, this was a group of adult males. Many online also wonder why some stood by taking photos rather than alerting staff or telling the men to stop, but of course the snowball-throwing men themselves are the ones that clearly need some sensitivity training.
The Inquisitr shares that Hangzhou Zoo workers did not see the lions being hit with snowballs because they were working on clearing snow elsewhere, but they were upset with the behavior. None of the animals were hurt, but it clearly is not acceptable zoo behavior, particularly coming from grown adults. Have you seen the photos from when the lions were hit with snowballs? Are you as outraged as many others online?