Dreamworld explains why tiger was slapped

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 08:45:38 AM. TWO tiger handlers have been slammed on social media after a Dreamworld attendee filmed them dragging a tiger by its tail and slapping it over the head.
Two Dreamworld workers appear to hit a tiger. TWO tiger handlers have been slammed on social media after a Dreamworld attendee filmed them dragging a tiger by its tail and slapping it over the head. The video, posted by Instagram user Xy Latu, features the handlers in the enclosure with two tigers. One of them drags the tiger down a grass hill by its tail before the other man hits it on the head twice. A Dreamworld worker slaps the tiger. Source: Instagram Dragging it by its tail. Source: Instagram The Instagram video has already received a number of angry comments with one user writing: “That’s so far beyond disgusting and I hope there’s justice for their actions.” In a statement to news.com.au, Dreamworld’s General Manager for Life Sciences, Al Mucci said “the care and welfare” of their tigers and all their wildlife family is “paramount”. Mr Mucci said that what the handlers did was necessary in order to distract the male tiger from attacking the female he was sitting next to. The 13-second video also failed to feature the handlers explaining what they were doing. “The handler’s actions to refocus Akasha were explained to guests immediately after the tigers were separated. The tigers in this video were showing antagonistic behaviour and needed separating before they had an opportunity to hurt each other. “Open hand taps to the facial area is the safest way to refocus tigers who are challenging each other and this is consistent with the way in which tigers communicate...Read more
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