The moral of this post is when you are flying any drone do not get too close to a danger, whether it be a bad tempered Bengal tiger, power lines or roof …..
NO TO UNDERSTAND THE MORAL READ TO THE END.
One of the more depressing aspects of this news of tigers playfully hunting (and disemboweling) the drone in this video, are supposedly found in the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, which has previously come under fire from animal rights activists for its allegedly poor treatment of the animals.
The tiger farm, according to Big Cat Rescue, has operated under the guise of an animal rescue for some time. Busloads of tourists are given the rare opportunity to gawk at fearsome felines that would otherwise rip your face off.
Viral News Not What it Seems
This is the very public face of viral news and how it is changed by the hungry internet curation news channels without reporting the full true facts….. If they are true facts.
There are now so many claims and counterclaims on this instant news that could go viral, that the basic checking of facts goes out of the window. These new internet channel reporters now measure their success on how many likes, shares, pins or Youtube views they get.
The Youtube video above is on the channel CCTV+ and at the time of this article has 580,500 views, but see below the original Youtube video from Russian Today which at the time of this article had less YouTube view at 97,000.
As we investigated, we thought very hard before we published this article because Harbin Siberian Tiger Park specialises in contraband like tiger bone, meat, pelts, and a speciality called “bone wine.” A visit by McClatchy investigative reporters “found animals in deplorable conditions… merchants openly sold bone wine, despite a 1993 ban by China on bone products sourced from both domesticated and wild tigers.”
Breeding captive tigers for the illegal trade of parts was condemned by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in 2007. As a member of CITES, an international treaty that aims to protect wildlife and fauna from exploitation, China was strongly advised to shut down its remaining tiger operations.
Please read all of the details on Motherboard here.
In 2015, Harbin Siberian Tiger Park claimed to house 800 tigers on its property. It also keeps captive African lions, white tigers, and leopards.
So as we have been made aware of so called “Fake News” in early 2017, this is why we have published this as we prefer to call “Adjusted Viral News” that combines the two hot subjects drones and tigers to enhance the impact.
We hope you now understand the full facts: this is not a fun tiger / drone video shared on Facebook.
Roy Horton writes about aerial photography services for DPS.