Tuesday Morning Update
Slooty's doing great. Luna's still getting there. She was feeling well enough to smack Slooty around a little yesterday. Not too much, mind you, but it wasn't completely one-sided like it has been. They both got boiled chicken hearts for dinner, a very special treat, and were thrilled.
We had our first heavy snow of the year yesterday. Driving wind and snow drifts made me less than eager to head out for class, but I warmed myself with the thought that if it wasn't for us Slooty would be right out in the middle of that right now!
At least one good picture tonight, I promise!
Regarding the tiger story - it's shameful, but I'm not the least bit surprised. I also doubt it will do anything to change attitudes here about animal care. This last line really caught my eye:The park allows visitors to drive their vehicles among tigers, bears, wolves and other animals roaming free. Entrance fees in the winter are 60 yuan per person (US$8, â‚¬5.50), half the 120 yuan (US$16, â‚¬11) charged during the summer.
That may not seem like much, but for a Chinese person that's a huge ticket price for everyone but the Upper Class. By comparison, I usually eat lunch here for 5 yuan. I have no idea what sort of management the place has, since I've never been there (or even heard of it), but there aren't many people in Shenyang who can afford to patronize such an expensive place.
On the subject of zoos in China, steer clear of the Beijing Zoo as well. Despite being the easiest place to see Pandas, and despite being quite cheap even for Chinese at about 10 yuan / person, the quality of the animal environments will move you to tears. And the birds fare the worst, with nearly every single one of them showing visible signs of stress and sickness (poor grooming, bald patches, etc.). It was pretty depressing, and if I ever took a child there it would only be to tell them exactly what was wrong with all of it.