After several photos of an emaciated tiger at the Tianjin Zoo were posted online by Weibo user 晓Q_Fiona earlier this week, thousands of furious web users poured in over the matter and called on zoo officials to take better care of the animal's living condition.
The Weibo post read: "These pictures were taken by a friend of mine. I can't help but cry when I see this. I have no idea how to help, but just I emailed the Animal Protection Organization. Hope it will work. Whoever has a clue how to help, please take action to improve the tiger's living condition. I am asking for the people concerned to investigate it and to treat animals better!"
In response to the online commotion, the head of the zoo explained to reporters that the zoo currently has seven tigers. Six of them are in good condition, but this particular adult tigress was diagnosed with a digestion disorder in 2011. The animal's medicine has worked until now, but the disorder is worsening as the tigress ages. He also said that it has nothing to do with deprivation of food or ill-treatment.
The same zoo has come under fire before for questionable treatment of animals. Recently, animal activists spoke out against performances at the zoo that have elephants showing off handstands and "martial arts" stunts.
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