Endangered tiger cruelly tied down so people can take selfies

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Circus trainers have been caught on camera tying down an endangered tiger so people can take selfies with it.

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The video shows dozens of people queuing up to have a picture taken with the bound Siberian tiger at a circus in China.

As children straddle the animal, a trainer can be heard saying: ‘Isn’t it cool to sit on a tiger? It can keep you away from the devil and earn you promotions and wealth.’

It is unclear who filmed the video, but it is believed to have been taken at the Hunan province in southern China.

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Elisa Allen, director of PETA UK, told MailOnline: ‘No tiger would trade freedom for captivity, to be caged, dominated, tied down, whipped, and used as a prop for a tacky photo.

‘This tiger was bound and strapped so tightly that he couldn’t even lift his head, while a caged bear paced around and around in the background, showing the psychological damage that’s commonly seen in animals used in circuses.’

More about the Siberian tigers

The Siberian tiger is an endangered animal with only 540 believed to be left.

A male can weigh around 500 to 600 pounds or more and grow to be almost 11ft-long – making it the largest cat in the world.

They live in eastern Russia’s birch forests, parts of northeastern China and North Korea.