Animals began fighting with each other after witnessing a brawl break out among a group of human visitors at the Beijing Safari Park on Saturday afternoon, according to Beijing Daily.
An argument broke out among the tourists before escalating into an all-in brawl according to a video uploaded to China’s social media platform Weibo which quickly went viral over the weekend August 7-8.
“They shouted at each other, tore at each other and many tourists and animals were watching. The two sides reached a settlement after mediation,” read a reply from the park authority on its official WeChat account on Sunday.
The video showed men and women grappling on the ground, hitting, kicking, and pulling each other’s hair. A woman with a baby in one arm also gets into the fray, grabbing another woman by the hair before a man brutally kicks her in the thigh, knocking her and the infant down. The video shows at least six people involved in the brawl.
According to witnesses who commented on social media, the fight broke out near the gorilla area.
Park authorities said it was the first time park animals had witnessed such human behavior, and some animals also started fighting with each other later that night.
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