The Backwards Zoo – Where Humans are Caged
A zoo in China has reinvented the traditional zoo. Instead of gazing in on our favorite animals locked away in cages, we humans are the ones stuck in cages.
For some time now there have been heavy debates over the treatment and conditions of zoo animals. Many animal lovers enjoy having the chance to see some of their favorites up close and personal, but it can also be painful to see the inhumane conditions and small, dirty cages.
The Lehe Ledu Zoo in Chongqing, China, allows the animals to roam free, meaning that to get a look at the variety of animals, including Bengal tigers, white tigers, and even bears, we humans need to be locked up.
The animals have wide open spaces, freedom, and much-needed companionship. That means that we can view them in their natural setting, and be safe, of course.
For the people interested in this daring zoo experience, they can pay to be driven around in a big cage, which can fit upwards of 10 people. Live chickens and other food are used to capture the predators attention and are often seen hanging on the sides of the cage or being fed through openings at the top.
The zoo has experienced an unexpected level of interest, and after the official opening, the experience was booked out for three whole months, likely due to the combination of seeing the powerful creatures up close and also experiencing the nerve-wracking experience.
A spokesman for the zoo said, “We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks. The guests are warned to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times because a hungry tiger wouldn’t know the difference between them and breakfast.”