A zoo in China has found an unusual way to bring people closer to the wildlife.


The Lehe Ledu Wildlife Zoo lets big cats and other wildlife species, such as bears, roam free and puts visitors in cages instead. This way, people have the opportunity to get extremely close to the wild creatures without the disappointment of seeing them trapped in small cages, like in the most zoos of the world. Tourists pay to hand-feed world's most ferocious predators including tigers, lions and bears.

Chunks of fresh meat are tied to the outside of a vehicle, which drives through the enclosure, in a bid to attract the predators and give tourists the closest possible dining experience with them - without becoming dinner themselves.

"We wanted to give our visitors the thrill of being stalked and attacked by the big cats but with, of course, none of the risks," zoo spokesperson Chan Liang explained to OddityCentral. The guests are warned to keep their fingers and hands inside the cage at all times, because a hungry tiger wouldn't know the difference between them and breakfast. When launched in 2015, the attraction was sold out for three months.

Aug. 16, 2016 Living photo: Cen

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