Visitors to Dartmoor Zoo can do a lot more than just look at the animals as the company offer the opportunity to play tug of war with lions and tigers.
The zoo, which the Hollywood film We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon was based on, started advertising their ‘Human vs. Beast’ experience earlier this month.
For £15, children as young as eight can take on the big felines in a game of tug-of-war, with the lions and tigers pulling the rope inside their cage, while their opponents take on the challenge from the safety of the other side of the fence.
Dartmoor Zoo shared a video showing their keepers playing the game with a tiger earlier this month.
Though staff at the zoo claimed the games keep the lions and tigers fit and healthy, animals rights activists have criticised the organisation and the challenge.
While it’s of course sad to see the animals locked up, I don’t think there’s any harm in playing games with the ones in the zoo if it really does benefit their health and fitness.
The tiger in the video wasn’t forced to grab the other end of the rope, and he could have let go if he had wanted to.
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