A zoo in northern China will ensure that live puppies are no longer fed to its pythons after a video of feeding time set off a backlash online.
The footage taken at the Riverside Zoo in Pingdingshan, Henan province, shows a puppy sitting in a room near a snake in a box. Photographs also show another python with several bulges wrapped around another puppy, apparently dead.
A zoo employee confirmed that puppies were fed to snakes at the park but it was not official policy, the Beijing Morning Post reported on Friday.
The staff member said a contract worker at the park was responsible for feeding. “We have spoken to the person and instructed him to stop such actions,” the employee was quoted as saying.