A survivor of a deadly tiger attack in Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World is demanding 2 million yuan (US$297,000) in compensation from the zoo.
The 32-year-old woman, surnamed Zhao, was traveling in a car with her family when she was mauled by a tiger after she left the vehicle following a quarrel with her husband, according to reports at the time.
Zhao denied fighting with her husband and said she got off the car due to motion sickness, Beijing Times reports.
She said she was about to get back in when she was attacked.
Her mother, who was riding with them, got out to try to help her but another tiger mauled her to death.
It was the first time Zhao had spoken to the media since the July 23 incident.
Zhao said she left the driving to her husband because she was tired after working that day.
She soon felt sick during the bumpy ride around the zoo and decided to get off the car to catch some air, Zhao said.
Zhao said she was returning to the driver’s seat, hoping driving would ease her condition, when she was attacked.
Zhao woke up in a hospital only to learn her mother had been killed.
She said she was surprised at reports that she and her mother had been arguing outside the vehicle when the attack occurred.
Zhao said the zoo was “very poorly constructed”, with unclear signs as to where visitors should stay inside their cars and when it is safe to get out.
She said that they were in a rest area when she got off the car.
Zhao said she sustained injury to he her hips, face, mouth and spine.
Her face is marked with a 20-centimeter-long scar and two of her teeth were knocked out.
After removing the metal plate from her face, Zhao said she will consider plastic surgery.
The zoo offered Zhao’s family 1.24 million yuan, which they accepted as compensation for the mother’s death.
Zhao said she would accept 1.5 million yuan in compensation for her injuries but the zoo is only willing to pay half the amount.
A spokesman for the zoo operator said the offer is a goodwill gesture and that the zoo is not obligated to pay.
The zoo remains closed.
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