(TIML NEWS) A video of “chubby” Siberian tigers taking down a drone, complete with a silly soundtrack — like so much viral content — is more than what it seems.
While the video’s been shared far and wide, but the origins of the footage have been a cause for concern for a while now.
Heilongjiang Province in China is the home of Harbin Siberian Tiger Park. It’s one of the two biggest tiger-breeding facilities in the country, according to a 2013 report on the country’s clandestine tiger trade by the Environmental Investigation Agency.
The park is advertised as a tourist attraction, where visitors can offer meat and even live animals, to the tigers.
As per a report by McClatchy, the number of visitors doesn’t cover the cost of feeding or breeding hundreds of tigers each year. The real money comes from the sale of tiger pelts, tiger bone wine, and other products that have been banned in China.