A horse collapsed and died while pulling a carriage with tourists up a steep hill at the Shenzhen Safari Park in China’s Guangdong Province, setting off a firestorm on Chinese social media and a flurry of accusations that overwork and neglect led to the animal’s death. Chinese media reports that the horse collapsed while pulling a carriage loaded with four tourists for the twelfth time that day. The photos below were taken by tourist Shi Lin, who described what he saw:
I was visiting the park and it was the first thing I saw, this horse dropping on the ground and falling over dead. Its eyes and mouth were wide open and it looks really skinny and malnourished. It happened while it was trying to get up the slope, to be honest it looks too weak to coach let alone the driver and four passengers.
Shenzhen Safari Park officials denied any responsibility, saying that the rides had been subcontracted to a third party who is responsible for the horses’ welfare. However, when questioned by reporters, they were unable to provide a copy of a signed contract or to name the subcontractor. A zoo worker said:
Horses are like people. They can fall ill and suffer from diseases such as heart attacks and thrombosis. Horses can live as long as 20 years and this one is about 15 years old.
1. The emaciated horse dropped dead in front of horrified visitors at Shenzhen Safari Park.
2. According to media in China, the horse died while pulling a carriage for the twelfth time that day.
3. Park management attempted to deflect responsibility, claiming a subcontractor is to blame.
4. A thin horse is seen pulling the same carriage as the one that died.
Source: The Mail Online.
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