UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A zoo in China came under fire recently for feeding live puppies to its pythons.
Footage captured by a visitor at the Riverside Zoo in Henan province shows a brown puppy trapped in a snake’s enclosure, mere feet from the reptile.
Later, a motionless white puppy can be seen with a large python coiled around its body.
The video quickly went viral after it was posted on social media earlier this month.
Zoo staff said they have stopped the practice of using puppies as food.
However, they did not provide details on what the pythons are being given now.
This isn’t the first time a zoo in China has made headlines for controversial feedings.
Last year a zoo in Changsha received backlash after it fed a live donkey to tigers.
The zoo, however, later said that the donkey had been put in the enclosure by angry shareholders seeking revenge.