Heart-breaking video shows a 'depressed' tiger walking in circles

Heart-breaking video shows a ‘depressed’ tiger walking in circles endlessly at a Beijing zoo after ‘being confined to a tiny enclosure’

  • Viral footage shows the seemingly distressed tiger walking in circles non-stop
  • Horrified Chinese web users raise concerns over the animal’s mental health
  • Animal lovers suggested the tiger’s behaviour is caused by limited living space
  • The Beijing Zoo claimed that the big cat had received ‘psychological counselling’

A heart-wrenching video has shown a captive tiger appearing to be depressed as it walks in circles non-stop inside a tiny enclosure at a Chinese zoo.

Viral footage captures a white Bengal tiger going round and round in a small outdoor exercise area as tourists overlook the enclosure from a walkway above.

The Beijing Zoo said that the tiger had been given ‘psychological counselling’ after its keepers noticed the strange behaviour at the end of March.

A heart-wrenching video has shown a captive tiger appearing to be depressed as it walks in circles non-stop inside a small cage at a Chinese zoo

The video, which has amassed more than 10 million views, shows the seemingly distressed tiger pacing endlessly as it created a large circular mark on the ground with its unchanged path.

Horrified Chinese web users and animal lovers have raised concerns over the health state of the captive big cat.

One commenter wrote: ‘There is no enough room [for the tiger]. It’s ill, mentally ill.’

Another one said: ‘The tiger looks depressed.’

Viral footage captures a white Bengal tiger going round and round in a tiny outdoor exercise area as tourists overlook the enclosure from a walkway above

The Beijing Zoo responded last Sunday and said that the video wasn’t filmed recently as the big cat was taken away from display at the end of March after the zookeepers noticed its stranger behaviour. The picture shows the white Bengal tiger at the Beijing Zoo

The Beijing Zoo responded last Sunday and said that the video wasn’t filmed recently as the big cat was taken away from display at the end of March after the zookeepers noticed its stranger behaviour.

‘This kind of behaviours is expected after animals have stayed in a zoo for a long time,’ a staff member told the press. 

The Beijing Zoo also claimed that the tiger had been given ‘psychological counselling’ to help the animal return to normal.

‘We have taken the animal to receive behaviour training. We also brought more food and toys for the tiger. It’s like “psychological counselling”,’ the zookeeper added.

The disturbing footage comes as another appalling video has revealed Chinese visitors using fishing poles to feed captive tigers in a so-called ‘interactive programme’ offered by a wildlife zoo.

Yunnan Safari Park in south-eastern China has come under fire after the video sparked outrage on Chinese social media.  

The programme was branded by the wildlife park as educational and a way to keep the animals active. 

The zoo said that it had cancelled the activity permanently. They told the press that the tigers had never attacked anyone since the park opened over 10 years ago.

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