China orders hotel to close room with live TIGER behind reinforced glass
China orders hotel to close guest room with live TIGER behind reinforced glass
- China forces a hotel to close its room with a view of a live white tiger
- Guests can sleep right next to the tiger, separated by explosion-proof glass
- But the Chinese government fears the glass is not soundproof enough to prevent guests from alerting the animal
A hotel with a room overlooking an enclosed tiger in eastern China has been ordered by government officials to close the view over fears for the animal’s welfare.
The white tiger, which can be seen from the hotel room meandering through the grassy fence, is separated by glass from a room at the Sendi Tribe Treehouse Hotel in Nantong.
The hotel is connected to Nantong Forest Safari Park, one of the region’s large-scale zoos with nearly 20,000 wild animals.
According to state media, tigers and other animals can easily be alarmed when they get so close to the glass, the Times reported.
The hotel offers a view of the tiger’s enclosure (pictured), but according to Chinese state media, the animal can easily be alarmed if the glass is not soundproof enough.
An aerial view of Nantong Forest safari park where the hotel is located
While guests are protected from the tiger by explosion-proof glass, The Beijing News said the design paid no attention to the tiger.
The Chinese government newspaper said further assessments were needed to determine whether the design was soundproof enough to ensure the animal’s welfare.
One-way glass can reduce disruption to the animals, the news station added.
The hotel already offers rooms with a view of giraffes, lions and zebras.
Resident celebrates Chinese New Year on February 1, ushering in 2022 as the Year of the Tiger.
China National Radio suggested that the hotel used the Chinese Year of the Tiger as a marketing gimmick and promoted the tiger room ahead of the celebrations.
Another white tiger (pictured) licks a block of ice in Nantong Forest safari park
Sendi Tribe Treehouse isn’t the first hotel to advertise a room with an exotic view.
Last year, Harbin unveiled the world’s first polar bear hotel in northeast China.
Guests can view polar bears 24 hours a day through windows overlooking the bears’ enclosure.
“These bears seem to have no fresh air, no room to roam, no privacy, no rest, no view and only artificial stimulation,” said Simon Marsh, the acting director of UK-based animal welfare organization Wild Welfare.
Zoos and other captive facilities should prioritize the individual needs of their animals, not the public, Marsh added in 2021 when the zoo opened.