Friday, September 05, 2008
Monkeys Are Married In Controversial Chinese Zoo Stunt
Maybe the dress wasn't the right size, or perhaps it was the grey and gloomy weather - but these two monkeys don't seem over-the-moon after being married in China.
The downcast-looking pair tied the knot in a special wedding ceremony at their zoo.
The monkeys - who live in Wenling, Zhejiang province - are seven-year-old male monkey Wukong and a six-year-old female named Xiaoya.
The widlife park organised the wedding in the hope of attracting more visitors, local media reported.
But the controversial stunt is bound to upset animal rights groups in a country famed for being cruel to animals.
Back in 2006 a Shanghai zoo cancelled a show dubbed the 'Animal Olympics' following accusations of cruelty from animal welfare groups.
The show had featured animals in athletic-type situations, such as boxing matches between kangaroos and their keepers, bears fighting and riding bicycles, and an elephant tug-of-war.
And in 2007 a bear was forced to ride a bicycle and be chased by his trainer during an animal performance for the Chinese May Day holidays at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.