The Chinese woman who got mauled by a tiger at a park in Beijing is about to take the matters to court, while seeking 2 million yuan ($296,500) in compensation from the park owners.
The mauling victim, a tourist named Zhao, said she planned to sue Badaling Wildlife Park for being attacked by a tiger when she stepped out of her vehicle during the “safari-style” drive inside the Beijing park.
An investigation in August earlier revealed that the park should not be faulted for the incident. In the zoo’s CCTV footage, it showed that while the vehicle was in the vicinity of the tiger enclosure, Zhao decided to exit her vehicle and walk towards the driver’s door. A tiger then approached the tourist from behind and dragged her away. Zhao’s 57-year-old mother then went out to help her but was unfortunately killed when another tiger mauled her too. Zhao sustained some injuries but was fortunate enough to survive the tiger attack.
The 32-year-old visitor now claims that she was not given enough information regarding the dangers of stepping outside the vehicle inside the park, according to the Beijing Times, via Shanghaist.
However, it is the policy of the zoo to have the visitors sign an agreement beforehand, promising to “close and lock car doors, never feed the animals, and never get out of the car” when driving private vehicles into such enclosures. Zhao later claimed that she thought the agreement was just some form of registration before entry.
Signs are also placed around the zoo, reminding visitors about the policy. Even the patrol cars stationed in the proximity announced similar warnings. Zhao made a breach in the agreement and went against the numerous warnings the moment she stepped out of the vehicle. For the fatal accident, the park has agreed to settle with a compensation of 1.2 million yuan ($178,000) and 754,000 yuan ($112,000) for Zhao’s injuries, “out of moral obligation.”
Zhao denied earlier reports that claimed she left the vehicle because of a dispute with her husband. She claimed that she was feeling car sick when she left the vehicle. She also pointed out that the park employees were too slow in responding to their rescue, resulting in her mother’s death.
“I was wrong, but I think that the park should bear 70% of the responsibility,” Zhao was quoted as saying.
The Yanqing District government stated, however, that tourists should be accountable for not abiding by the rules and warnings from authorities.