Video of tiger abuse at a China zoo upsets public

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say a zoo has been asked to apologise after a video of a tamed tiger being abused on its premises caused public condemnation.

In the video, two uniformed men are shown slapping and shaking the head of a lethargic tiger and violently jumping on its back.

The state-run China News Service said late on Monday that the men were employees of a performance troupe that staged a tiger show at Wenling Zoo in eastern China's Zhejiang province during the May Day holiday. It says the men acted after a show featuring the tiger.

China News, quoting a local official, says the Weling government has asked the zoo to apologise, clean up its management, ensure proper animal treatment and promise similar incidents would not happen.