Chinese tourist shoots Asiatic black bear: Outrage ensues after an endangered bear at a Myanmar zoo is shot dead by a traveler who claimed he was curious.
Video footage showing a Chinese tourist shooting dead a caged and endangered Asiatic bear has caused furore with the man now saying he did because he ‘was curious’.
The incident reported local press occurred whilst the tourist was on a sightseeing tour in Myanmar.
The man, whose name wasn’t revealed can be seen standing up against the cage where the rare bear is seen with its paws clinging along the bars. All the while the tourist is holding his machine gun in a shooting position, while talking to the animal.
Demands the shooter, ’I told you not to open your mouth. Do that again and I would make you surrender.’
The animal unaware of what is about to befall it, looks on, at one point seemingly growling at the tourist before he lurches forward with his cocked gun and with a single bullet shoots the beast dead before nonchalantly walking away.
According to Beijing News, the man said he shot the bear after having allegedly gained permission from the government in Myanmar’s Wa State, which borders China.
The man also told of having being given the gun by the local government.
Chinese tourist shoots Asiatic black bear goes viral:
The video, captured by another man in a traveling tourist party soon went viral after posting the video on Chinese social media, December 27.
The video also showed several bear paws lying on the ground near the cage. One man could be seen cutting fur off a dead bear later in the video.
It was initially suggested that the incident occurred in Yunnan Province in China.
The forest police of Yunnan investigated the allegations and claimed that the man in the video is Chinese but the video was filmed in Myanmar, according to Beijing News.
An updated report told of the shooter coming from China’s Shandong Province in the east.
Chinese tourist shoots Asiatic black bear: ‘I want to clarify matters’.
According to the man, the bear was about to be executed by the local government in Wa State of Myanmar after hurting people.
He said he saw the execution and felt ‘curious’ as a tourist, so he asked if he could kill the bear. He insisted that he had got permission before shooting the bear dead.
The man also claimed that the criticism on social media had brought trouble to his life, therefore he would like to provide an explanation.
He said: ‘Video [of the shooting] was not allowed to be shared. I don’t know which tourist sent the video onto the internet in China. I was condemned by the web users. I would like to clarify the matter.’
At the end of his statement, the man called on the public to protect animals. He said: ‘Take this as a lesson. Protect animals. Start from ourselves.’
It remains unclear whether or not the Chinese authority would bring charges against the man.
Asiatic black bear is also known as moon bear.
Notes the dailymail: ‘The species is listed as Appendix I by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international agreement between governments aimed to protect endangered animals and plants.
Appendix I is the highest category for endangered species, and according to the convention, animals in the category are threatened with extinction.’