Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think

Video of 'chubby' tigers taking down a drone may be way darker than you think
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A video of "chubby" Siberian tigers taking down a drone, complete with a silly soundtrack - like so much viral content - is more than what it seems.

While the video's been shared far and wide, but the origins of the footage have been a cause for concern for a while now.

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As science journalist John R. Platt tweeted, the footage is "obviously a tiger farm."

While the name of the park isn't mentioned in the description of the videos (as to avoid searching of the park's record according to Platt,) the location is.

Heilongjiang Province in China is the home of Harbin Siberian Tiger Park. It's one of the two biggest tiger-breeding facilities in the country, according to a 2013 report on the country's clandestine tiger trade by the Environmental Investigation Agency.

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The park is advertised as a tourist attraction, where visitors can offer meat and even live animals, to the tigers.

As per a report by McClatchy, the number of visitors doesn't cover the cost of feeding or breeding hundreds of tigers each year. The real money comes from the sale of tiger pelts, tiger bone wine, and other products that have been banned in China.

McClatchy visited Harbin Siberian Tiger Park, and reported bottles of tiger bone wine on display - albeit not advertised as tiger bone wine, but some had images of tigers on the packaging.

Some of these "bone strengthening wines" advertise the use of tiger bone in its manufacture to distinguish itself from other wines in its category, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency's report.

The same park was under scrutiny after conservation groups were outraged at images of obese tigers, thought to be seriously ill.

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