A leisurely weekend ride turned into a tragedy after uncaged tigers attacked two women who had walked out of their car in a Beijing safari park, killing one and seriously wounding the other, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Local authorities have confirmed the horrific incident and suspended operations at the park.
The incident took place at the Badaling Safari World at the foot of the Badaling Great Wall at around 3 p.m. Saturday.
The two were touring the park in a car along with a child and a male driver. It is said that they were a family.
An unnamed source told local media that the younger woman seemed to have a quarrel with the man before she suddenly stepped out of the car.
Based on a footage from the park’s security cameras, the woman walked to the other side of the car to open the driver’s door. Then a tiger came out of nowhere and assaulted her, dragging her away with its teeth.
The man and an older woman quickly got off the car, apparently to save her.
While the younger woman managed to free herself from the tiger’s mouth, the older one was said to have been attacked by another tiger while the man rushed back to the car.
The younger woman was sent to hospital and was still under treatment, local media reported.
According to the rules, only cars are allowed to enter the park. Visitors are asked to sign disclaimers before they enter to make sure they are fully aware that doors and windows must be locked and getting off cars is strictly forbidden.
The park, which is the largest of its kind in China, also broadcasts warnings and safety rules through speakers throughout the day.
In August last year, a female visitor to Qinhuangdao Wildlife Park was also killed by a tiger after she walked out of her car.
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