This is the scene that recently went viral out of Potawatomi Zoo in Indiana this week — and animal lovers are not happy. Over 10,000 people have seen the video and advocates like Susan Bass, public relations coordinator for Florida’s Big Cat Rescue, says videos like these encourage people to torment zoo animals for the sake of social media shares.
It’s also very risky to do for everyone involved — including the animal.
“Luckily she didn’t hurl herself full-force into the glass,” Bass told The Dodo. “If the animal were to have broken the glass, the child would have been hurt and the tiger would end up paying for it with her life.”
It’s not uncommon for zoos to kill animals that break out of their enclosures or come in contact with the public, Bass said.
Last October in England, a leopard was shot by zoo employees after he escaped his enclosure after visiting hours. Officials stated it would be too dangerous to wait for tranquilizers to set in despite only staff being there at the time.