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Woman injured in July tiger attack claims compensation from zoo

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    17:14, October 13, 2016
Woman injured in July tiger attack claims compensation from zoo

The woman injured in a tiger attack at Beijing’s Badaling Wildlife World in July recently publicized her family's intention to claim over 2 million RMB from the zoo as compensation for both her injury and her mother’s death. However, she has not yet reached an agreement with the zoo.

The 32-year-old woman, surnamed Zhao, was injured by a tiger on July 23 after she stepped out of her car in a tiger enclosure at Badaling Wildlife World. The woman's mother, surnamed Zhou, was mauled to death while trying to save Zhao.

There has been a persistent rumor circling online that Zhao stepped out of the car because she was quarreling with her husband. However, Zhao told Beijing Times on Oct. 12 that she got out because she was feeling carsick.

According to Zhao's husband, there was only one unequipped employee in the nearest patrol vehicle; the employee's only means of scaring off the tiger was beeping and making the car's engine roar. In addition, Zhao argued that the zoo staff hadn't explained the safety instructions before she entered the tiger enclosure, which she believes is their obligation.

At the end of August, Zhao's family claimed a compensation totaling 2.74 million RMB from the Badaling Wildlife World. They believe that the zoo should assume full responsibility for Zhou’s death and 70 to 80 percent of responsibility for Zhao’s injury. But the latter said they would only shoulder compensation for part of the family’s losses, and that compensation would not include money for mental damages or future treatment.

An employee surnamed Cao, who is responsible for the zoo's publicity, told Beijing Times that the government's investigation exonerated the zoo. Their compensation offer for Zhao and her family comes not from a place of accountability but humanity. According to Cao, the two parties are still negotiating; they have not yet reached agreement.

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