A Chinese woman whose mother infamously got out of her vehicle inside a Beijing wildlife park only to be eaten alive by one of its tigers, is officially suing the park for $1.557 million yuan in compensation.
While the official amount is a little less than what the woman had wanted before, she demanded that the payment be made to her.
A 32-year-old visitor from another province, Zhao admitted to not knowing about the restrictions of getting out of her vehicle while the animals are roaming around. She has vehemently accused the park of lacking contingency plans and rescue methods after the tragic incident.
The incident occurred on July 23rd 2016 and surveillance footage shows Zhao getting out of her car and walking around to the driver’s side door before being dragged away by an aggressive tiger. She chose to leave the safety of a vehicle while her family was driving through the tiger enclosure but ironically for her, she managed to survive the attack when her 57-year-old mother, who rushed out to try and save her, was devoured by the beast.
An investigation by local authorities in August found that it was unlikely the park could be at fault for the incident as visitors driving private vehicles into enclosures are required to sign an agreement promising to “close and lock all car doors, never feed the animals, and never get out of the car.” In addition, visitors to the place are reminded time and time again by the signs placed around the zoo forbidding visitors from exiting their vehicles.
While Zhao admitted her potential mishandling of the situation, she declared that the park should take 70% of the responsibility. As far as the park is concerned, the establishment has agreed to settle the case by paying 1.2 million yuan in compensation for the fatal incident, but says that it is only doing so out of “moral obligation.”
Since the incident, guards at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife Park were made to consistently shout “don’t get out of the car” numerous times a day in order to stop people from being injured by a wild animal again.