Date
13 December 2017
A hatchback with a window open is attacked by a sloth of black bears on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Weibo
A hatchback with a window open is attacked by a sloth of black bears on Sunday afternoon. Photo: Weibo

Obey rules or else, Beijing zoo warns visitors after bear attack

Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World reiterated its call on visitors to strictly follow its rules after a group of tourists in a car was attacked by a black bear.

The bear attacked the group on Sunday afternoon because a window of their hatchback had been left partially open, China News Service reports, citing a netizen’s social media account.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, the news agency said.

Photos posted by the netizen show a black bear with its arm reaching inside the car through the open window, while several of its companions were milling around the vehicle.

A child was sitting in the back seat when the bear attacked, the netizen said.

In one photo, a sign that says “‘Treasure life, do not leave the car” can be seen in the background.

Administrators of the wildlife park confirmed that no one was hurt in the incident, adding that staff immediately came to the visitors’ rescue after being informed of the attack.

A public relations manager at the park said opening car windows is strictly prohibited inside the park, adding that the rules were designed for the safety of the visitors.

He said it is a good thing for parents to bring their children to the park to get close to nature and learn more about animals, but visitors must abide by the park’s rules to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience.

He urged parents to take responsibility and prevent their children from doing dangerous acts when inside the park.

In July last year, a 32-year-old woman who visited the zoo with her family, was mauled by a tiger after she allegedly left their car.

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