Monday, March 9, 2009

Man takes short cut from Great Wall of China - and is eaten by tiger

Yes. A shortcut would be a good idea.

Source: The Daily Mail

A tourist returning from hiking along the Great Wall of China decided to take a short cut by jumping down onto 'wasteland' - and was instantly killed when he landed in the jaws of a tiger.

Two friends who had been walking with the 20-year-old man, named only as Guo, stared in horror as the tiger clamped its jaws around his throat and then dragged the mauled body away.

The three men, who had been walking along the Great Wall near Beijing, decided there would a quicker way back to the starting point if they jumped from the ancient structure and cut through some bushland.

What they didn't know was that the bushy area was part of the Siberian tiger's enclosure at the Badaling Wildlife World.

As they jumped down the tiger immediately pounced and Guo was the unlucky victim among the three men.

'He was knocked to the ground, the tiger bit into his throat and he died instantly,' said a wildlife official, giving his name as Wang.

A) How do three people agree to take a shortcut when the signs always say to stay on the wall.

B) The point of being at the Great Wall is to walk on it and enjoy the surroundings, not be in the jungle!

C) I'm disappointed in the poor performance of the Tiger who should have ate all three of them.


Anh Khoi Do said...

Good story!


D) I'm disappointed in the poor judgement of these three tourists. If you're in a jungle, expect to encounter dangers (including being eaten by a tiger).

Anonymous said...

I did not know there was a tiger preserve at Badaling. I have been to the "reconstructed" touristy Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and I understood Badaling was also a Disneyland-esque section of the wall with fresh stonework.

I imagine these guys were walking quite a ways from the touristy area. I am intrigued by the prospect of encountering live tigers in the vicinity of Badaling.

Maybe I must visit this other "pretend" great wall section near Beijing. Even though what many visitors to China walk on and think of as "The Great Wall" is mostly a recreation of 2 sections near Beijing, and the entire Great Wall is something of a fictional pretense, it is still fun to climb on and experience firsthand!

Live siberian tigers would make it even more fun and memorable. :-)

Degenerasian said...

Savage Japan: Nooooo I don't want to hear about you on the news eaten by Tigers!