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Circus trainer suspended for abusing bear in public

A circus trainer was suspended from the Shanghai Wildlife Park after a video was posted on the Internet and showed him beating and cursing a black bear he did performances with.

The park said vets have examined the black bear, but found it hadn't suffered serious physical damage.

The netizen's short video shows the male trainer cursing and beating the bear with a stick, and then shoving it onto the ground. The bear moaned as if it was enduring pain during the whole process.

When the trainer saw that someone was capturing his misdeeds on video, he dragged the bear by its neck chain to a lair, and threw the stick at the camera person.

The park said it was shocked by the trainer's behavior. Officials said he was not a staff member of the park, but was with a circus team from Anhui

Province. The bear also belonged to the circus team.

"The group is qualified with business license," said Luo Danhong, an official with the park. "But anyway, the trainer broke the rule of the park, so he must receive punishment."

Officials explained that although they allow circus performances in the park, their basic concept is to let the animals "do some sports" to keep fit.

Now the park is inspecting all the circus teams performing there to prevent such an incident from happening again.


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