Two peacocks died at a Kunming zoo this month after being handled roughly by Chinese tourists, according to mainland media.
The birds died from shock after tourists grabbed them forcibly to take pictures and also pluck out their feathers, People’s Daily reported.
The incidents are said to have taken place at Yunnan Wild Animal Park in Kunming City on February 12 and 15. Kunming is the capital and largest city of Yunnan province.
Park officials were quoted as saying that the birds died of fright after being handled violently.
“Uncivilized behavior of visitors” led to death of the peacocks, an official said.
The Yunnan Park holds thousands of peacocks that can roam freely among the tourists and show that man and nature can live in harmony.
Chinese netizens have reacted with anger after some tourists posted pictures online holding the birds and grinning at the camera.
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