Chinese pet owners who are in quarantine at home began to ‘walk’ their dogs from their balconies using super long cables during the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports.
Popular videos show residents standing by their windows while holding their pooches attached to long lines. They take the animals home by pulling on the ropes.
Although some internet users found the clips ‘funny’, most people warned that the method was ‘dangerous’ and ‘cruel’.
State media urged the citizens of the country not to copy the practice into a social media post that shared the images.
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A trending footage shows a resident of Qiqihar, in northeastern China, who uses a long leash to drive his pet from the first floor on Sunday before dragging the rope to pull the dog
A separate video shared by the state newspaper People’s Daily shows another resident using the same method to walk her dog. People’s Daily warned its readers not to copy the action
The popular topic began yesterday on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, when a video of a resident who let his dog walk like this went viral.
The video, filmed in the northeastern city of Qiqihar on Sunday, shows a dog standing in a piece of greenery while tied to a long rope that its owner is holding from the first floor.
The clip then shows the person picking up the animal by pulling on the rope.
The resident could “walk” the dog because the pet was small and the flat was not too high, according to a report from state media Global Times, citing Beijing Youth Daily.
The publication proclaimed the method of walking dogs as the ‘kite style’.
Chinese pet owners flock to buy face masks for their dogs amid the corona virus outbreak. There is no evidence that the virus strain can be passed on to pets, says the WHO
A woman today pushes a stroller with two dogs wearing masks along a street in Shanghai
The fear that animals could run the corona virus was fueled by comments from one of the best experts in China for infectious diseases. Prof. Li Lanjuan warned last month that pets should also be quarantined if exposed to coronavirus patients
Some people thought the clip was’ funny ‘, such as a Weibo user who said:’ I laugh too much. Only those who live on the first floor can do this. “
However, the majority of viewers criticized the behavior of the pet owner and said it was “dangerous,” “offensive,” and “irresponsible.”
Such a person wondered: “Is this to walk the dog or to abuse the dog?”
Another convicted: “Don’t you know that dogs are afraid of heights?”
A third comment was: “It’s not funny at all. I was really worried that the dog would fall. “
A separate video shared by the state newspaper People’s Daily shows another resident who uses the same method to walk her dog.
The woman is seen on her balcony on the first floor while she drives her dog standing in a street in front of a pet store. Shen then pulls the pet up with the homemade harness.
People’s Daily did not explain when or where the video was recorded, but warned readers not to copy the action.
Such a method already appeared in March last year, according to a post from an entertainment blogger on Weibo.
Photos shared by Chinese entertainment blogger Li Shen Le show a cat getting its head wrapped in a human face mask during the corona virus outbreak. The images have started a discussion on Twitter-like Weibo and many netizens have shared photos of their pets’ outfits
One user (left) shared a photo of her dog who put on a headpiece that was probably made of a sock and another uploaded an image (right) with a dog in an improvised hazmat suit
A Chinese netizen sent in a photo to show a temporary mask her mother made for their dog using a paper cup and a piece of string (left), while another puppy (right) was offered full body protection made from a mask, a shower cup, two plastic bags and a piece of soft fabric
Netizen “ZEZOEYZE” showed her cat a mask “sewn by my mother’s hand” (left), while another dog owner put a mask in the muzzle of their pooches as a way of protection (right)
Chinese pet owners come together to buy face masks for their dogs in the midst of the corona virus outbreak to prevent their dogs catching the virus.
There is no evidence to show that the virus strain that killed at least 2,012 can be transmitted to pets, according to the World Health Organization.
A Beijing-based online seller told MailOnline at the end of last month that he sold 10 times the number of special masks for dogs every day than before.
‘Most [dogs] have started to wear [masks]. Because there is this virus, people are paying more attention to their health and the health of their pets, according to 33-year-old Zhou Tianxiao who sells the goods for a price of 49 yuan (£ 5.4) for a package of three.
Trending social media photos have also shown that Chinese citizens offer advanced protection to their cats and dogs with face masks and various daily items, including plastic bags and sheets, paper cups and even socks.
The new coronavirus has killed at least 2,012 people and infected more than 75,000 people worldwide
Chinese pet owners come together to buy face masks to protect their dogs from the deadly virus
A Beijing-based online seller, Zhou Tianxiao, said last month that he sold 10 times the number of dog masks every day than before. He sells the devices for £ 5.4 for a package of three
There are currently no indications that the corona virus strain can be passed on to pets
In another extremely worrying trend, communities in China have forbidden local people from leaving their homes for fear that animals could spread the corona virus.
Community officers have also been caught on camera clubbing of pets or stray animals to death for horrific residents during their so-called counter-corona virus campaigns.
The abandonment of pets was also observed in many parts of the country.
The Chinese authorities are now desperately trying to prevent people from throwing away their pets.
According to the World Health Organization there are no indications that cats and dogs can also get the corona virus.
In a message posted on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the group advised people to wash their hands after holding their pets to reduce the risk of catching the bacteria from the animals.
Animal Welfare Organization Humane Society International said, “The World Health Organization’s advice that there is no evidence that dogs and cats can be infected with the virus must be heard throughout China.”