"It was like they were almost being circulated for comedic effect, and it's only secondarily that people are starting to cotton on [to] what the actual problem is being displayed in the pictures," Draper said.
There are actually several problems with these photos, which were taken at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin City, China, according to Draper. The most obvious issue is that these animals are being fed way too much, and this, in turn, leads to other issues.
"I've never seen tigers overfed to that degree," Draper said. "While that might not create an immediate problem for them, it would restrict their movement, give them problems with their joints and their limbs, feet and their ability to walk. They'd also have problems interacting with each other. There'd be stress and strain on their physiology, just as being obese does in humans."