A polar bear does exercise with a tyre at Wuhan Polar Ocean World, Hubei province. [Photo: CFP]
In response to a microblog on Sina Weibo saying the two polar bears in Wuhan Polar Ocean World have resorted to eating tyres out of starvation, a staff member from the ocean park has explained that the tyres are for exercising with; the polar bears have a very nutritious diet and need to keep fit by doing exercise.
A netizen said on Sina Weibo that he saw a keeper feeding only a few small fish and two pieces of bread to the bears at 2 p.m. After finishing eating, the bears started to bite the tyres. The netizen concluded that the keeper fed them too little and the bears were starving.
Duan Xiaoxi, who is in charge of the park's official Weibo explained that 2 p.m. is the time for snacks. Bears have a very nutritious diet that includes beef, vegetable and corn. Tyres are the only solid equipment for them to play with. They look strong and have to keep fit. 1 2 3 4 5