This sad tale will be widely circulated because it’s headlined on the Drudge Report. The actual story appears in the Daily Star, a British tabloid: GRAPHIC VIDEO: Tourist eaten alive by 3 tigers after climbing into pen to dodge zoo fee. Their sub-title is: “A DAD was mauled to death by three tigers after climbing into their pen to skip the zoo entrance fee.” They have a comments feature.
It’s been a while since Our Fifth Darwin Award — which isn’t like the traditional Darwin Awards described by Wikipedia; but as our title says, this one doesn’t qualify. We’ll explain that decision later. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Chinese media said the victim – named only as Zhang – scaled the fence of the tiger enclosure to avoid paying the £15 fee. But when he jumped into the pit, the tigers pounced as his wife and kids watched on in horror. Desperate zoo keepers scrambled to save the tourist after he climbed into the pen at Ningbo Younger Zoo in China during feeding time.
Bad timing. Bad everything, really. The news story has pictures and videos. We know you’re going to click over there to enjoy all the gore and horror, so here’s just one more excerpt:
The father, in his 40s, was rushed to hospital and died of his injuries, according to reports. Pictures show the father and his pal attempting to jump over the three metre wall at the zoo n East China’s Zhejiang Province. The second man, who was about to follow Zhang, was powerless to stop to beasts feasting on his mate. As were his horrified wife and two children, who had entered through the front gates after buying tickets.
Some of you may be wondering why don’t we think the unfortunate Mr. Zhang qualifies for a Darwin Award. Isn’t it obvious? It’s because he had already produced offspring, so his characteristics have not been eliminated from the gene pool.
Although Mr. Zhang doesn’t qualify for a Darwin Award, in his honor of we now declare this to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.
The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it!
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