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Tourist Slammed For Grabbing Tiger By His Testicles While Posing For Brazen Selfies At Zoo

Tourist Slammed For Grabbing Tiger By His Testicles While Posing For Brazen Selfies At Zoo
Waraschaya Akkarachaiyapas / Facebook

A tourist was criticized online for her actions with a tiger while she took selfies. This led to a lot of people online to voice different opinions on the situation and on tigers.

The woman, named Waraschaya Akkarachaiyapas shared the videos and photos to her Facebook page of herself at a tiger zoo in Thailand.

In addition to video, Akkarachaiyapas shared a photo of herself with a tiger lying on the ground, and grabbing his testicles.

Waraschaya Akkarachaiyapas / Facebook

The image was widely circulated by animal activists and criticized for her treatment of the tiger. Some felt the animal had been humiliated. Others felt it was dangerous.

Whatever the case, you have to wonder why she thought this would be a good idea.

Shortly after the pic went viral, the Tiger Kingdom Zoo responded to the incident to assure that everyone was safe.

Head zookeeper, Priom Cahntama told the New York Post,

"We do not allow tourists to grab the tigers' testicles but they are allowed to touch any part of the animal's body as long as our specialists are present."

While this is all well and good for the accusations that she was endangering herself, it doesn't bode well for previous accusations against the zoo.

Last year, the zoo was accused of sedating the animals to make it easier for tourists to take their selfies.

In the United States, such accusations eventually led to a ban of civilians being in direct contact with tigers and other big cats in New York, Mississippi, Arizona, and Kansas.

The sensitive nature of the accusation makes it very important for animal rights, but also the perfect joke fodder.

Akkarachaiyapas has since protected her Instagram account and defended herself by saying she is an animal lover. The photo has also been removed from her Facebook page.

The Tiger Kingdom Zoo has also said that tourists are no longer allowed to touch that part of the tiger going forward.