A flock of white doves was released by happy couples after a wedding shoot, only to be caught by passers-by who saw potential in the birds as a meal.
The doves were bought by a few couples as props in their wedding photoshoot at Swan Lake in Hefei, Anhui province.
But according to ChinaSmack.com, a crowd of locals caught the birds as soon as they were set free.
One resident, who was part of the catching frenzy, exclaimed: "These doves are edible!"
It was not long before most of the birds were captured.
Chinese netizens have expressed disapproval over this behaviour.
One netizen, Deep Blue, criticised the residents. He said: "I think this behaviour reflects the attitudes of our nation on the whole. Can you find anymore birds in our parks? Parks in other countries are filled with abundant wildlife!"
Another netizen pointed out that such acts were common throughout China.
"While I do not know if these birds will survive in the wilderness, what I know is that this is actually a common sight across China.
"Nevertheless, as a citizen of Hefei, Anhui, I apologise on behalf of my fellow citizens. I hope people from Anhui can conduct themselves with more dignity," he said.