Orangutan "Sanmao" enjoying a massage by
his trainer Wang Zhihua after performing in the Hangzhou Safari Park in
Zhejiang province. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Oct. 9 -- How were your "golden week" holidays? You must have done
things you had planned for a long time such as traveling, shopping or just
sleeping. But to some animal stars in the zoos, the past holidays were again a
Six-year-old orangutan "Sanmao" in the safari park in city Hangzhou, capital
of Zhejiang province, is a big star in the zoo. On Oct. 5, "Sanmao" was
performing tug-of-war with a group of kids and suddenly the orangutan crawled
down on the ground and refused to get up to work again.
Wang Zhihua is Sanmao's trainer. He said that the "golden week" holidays had
exhausted the animal performer. Sanmao was not the only one in the park that was
affected by the busy schedule during the holidays.
Wang Wei, another animal trainer, said that some big animals like the lion
and tiger were also not cooperative when giving performances these days.
The safari park received an average of 30,000 visitors every day during the
week-long holidays. "The animals also felt nervous and rigid when facing so many
people," says Wang Zhihua.
Instead of blaming the animal performers for their misbehavior, the trainers
chose to add more nutrition to their daily diet and to give them more care than