A zoo keeper was sacked after vacationers have been filmed riding on
the back of two tortoises – sparking outrage amongst
The footage reveals a person sitting astride the uncommon Aldabra
tortoise and gripping the highest of its shell because it walks slowly
across the enclosure
Lian Pan, 35, misplaced his job after the clip went viral on social
Peng Ku, a spokesman for the Xiamen Haicang Wild
Animal Park, in Xiamen Metropolis, China, stated that the driving of
large tortoises is strictly forbidden within the park grounds.
He stated: “An animal caretaker has been dismissed for permitting
guests to trip on the backs of our large tortoises.
“We’re additionally trying into whether or not this was a one off incident,
or if it was one thing that had occurred extra usually and whether or not
different keepers or workers have been concerned.”
The 2 large tortoises in query are a 69-year-old, 150kg
male referred to as Maojia, and a 54-year-old, 140kg feminine referred to as
Maolu, each gifted to the zoo by the island nation Mauritius in
The Aldabra large tortoise is claimed to be one of many longest
residing and one of many largest tortoise species on the earth,
able to weighing as much as 250 kilogrammes.
The tortoise can be listed as a category II protected species by
CITES, the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.