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🐯😭 A pair of escaped circus tigers was shot to death in Henan Province

🚇🎨 A dude on the subway draws surprise portraits for passengers opposite him


Escaped circus tigers shot to death

马戏团老虎逃跑被击毙

Weibo was in a fury over the unfortunate death of two tigers and their keeper at a circus in Henan Provice.

91.5k upvotes, 3.7k comments on Weibo

Tigers bit their keeper and escaped

近日在中国河南省,一个马戏团的两只老虎咬死饲养员之后跑出铁笼击毙。

  • 马戏团  | mǎxì tuán |  circus

  • 饲养员  | sìyǎng yuán |  animal keeper

  • 铁笼  | tiě lóng | iron cage

  • 击毙  | jībì | to be shot to death 

Jìnrì zài zhōngguó hénán shěng, yīgè mǎxì tuán de liǎng zhī lǎohǔ yǎo sǐ sìyǎng yuán zhīhòu pǎo chū tiě lóng bèi jībì.

Recently, a pair of circus tigers in China’s Henan Province who bit their keeper to death and escaped from their iron cage were shot to death.

Authorities claim they had no choice

事情发生之后,官方回应是因为当地没有麻醉枪,但因为当时的情况很危急,所以才不得已把老虎杀死。

  • 官方回应  | guānfāng huíyīng |  the official response

  • 当地  | dāngdì |  local (authorities, people, etc.)

  • 麻醉枪  | mázuì qiāng | tranquilizer gun

  • 危急 | wéijí |  critical; urgent (situation)

  • 不得已 | bùdéyǐ |  to have no alternative but to…

Shìqíng fāshēng zhīhòu, guānfāng huíyīng shì yīnwèi dāngdì méiyǒu mázuì qiāng, dàn yīnwèi dāngshí de qíngkuàng hěn wéijí, suǒyǐ cái bùdéyǐ bǎ lǎohǔ shā sǐ.

After this incident, local authorities claimed that they had no choice but to lethally shoot the tigers due to the urgency of the situation and the fact that they didn’t have tranquilizer guns on hand.

Weibo users condemn animal circuses

这在微博上引起了网友的热议,很多人为老虎感到悲伤愤怒,并谴责把老虎用作动物表演的工具。

  • 悲伤  | bēishāng |  sad; sadness

  • 愤怒  | fènnù |  anger

  • 谴责  | qiǎnzé qiāng | condemn

  • 动物表演  | dòngwù biǎoyǎn |  animal performances

Zhè zài wēi bó shàng yǐnqǐle wǎngyǒu de rè yì, hěnduō rénwéi lǎohǔ gǎndào bēishāngfènnù, bìng qiǎnzé bǎ lǎohǔ yòng zuò dòngwù biǎoyǎn de gōngjù.

Weibo users erupted at this, with many people feeling sad and indignant on behalf of the tigers, condemning the use of tigers as props for animal performance.

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小伙地铁内给乘客画像记录一瞬间

Guy on subway draws surprise portraits for passengers opposite him

This guy in Sichuan was making people’s days as he rode the subway and drew in his sketchbook. Read on to see how he did it.

23.7k upvotes, 1.2k comments on Weibo

A random act of kindness

你是否遇到过来自陌生人惊喜善意呢?最近在中国四川,一个画画爱好者在坐地铁时,随手拿出画本记录对面乘客

  • 陌生人  | mòshēng rén |  stranger

  • 惊喜  |  jīngxǐ | a pleasant surprise

  • 善意  | shànyì |  kindness

  • 随手  | suíshǒu |  conveniently, in passing (when doing sth. else); E.g. “出门时请随手关灯” (Turn the light off on your way out).

  • 记录  | jìlù | to record; write down

  • 乘客  | chéngkè | passenger

Nǐ shìfǒu yù dàoguò láizì mòshēng rén de jīngxǐshànyì ne? Zuìjìn zài zhōngguó sìchuān, yīgè huà huà àihào zhě zài zuò dìtiě shí, suíshǒu ná chū huà běn jìlùduìmiàn de chéngkè

Have you ever encountered a surprise act of kindness from a stranger? Recently in Sichuan Province, an amateur artist decided to take out his sketchbook and make drawings of the passengers opposite him while riding the subway.

Gotta draw fast…

他说自己画画,“没有特定的对象、年龄、性别,随性记录一瞬间。” 一幅画一般20分钟左右完成,可能途中没画完,对方就下车了。

  • 对象  | duìxiàng |  target; object

  • 随性  |  suí xìng | a pleasant surprise

  • 途中  | túzhōng |  midway

Tā shuō zìjǐ huà huà,“méiyǒu tèdìng de duìxiàng, niánlíng, xìngbié, suí xìng jìlù yī shùnjiān.” Yī fú huà yībān 20 fēnzhōng zuǒyòu wánchéng, kěnéng túzhōng méi huà wán, duìfāng jiù xià chēle.

He said that when he draws, he “doesn’t look for a particular object, age, or gender, but rather wants to casually record a particular moment.” It takes him about 20 minutes to finish a drawing, with the passenger sometimes disembarking before he has finished drawing. 

Just want to bring a little bit of beauty…

成功画完的作品他会送给他们,希望能给他们生活带来一些美好

  • 作品  | zuòpǐn |  an artwork 

  • 美好  | měihǎo | beauty

Chénggōng huà wán de zuòpǐn tā huì sòng gěi tāmen, xīwàng néng gěi tāmen shēnghuó dài lái yīxiē měihǎo.

He gives as gifts those drawings that he manages to finish in time he would give as a gift to the passenger across from him, hoping to bring a little bit of beauty into their lives. 

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Dude, which subway line do you take? I’ll go right way, I promise I’ll ride from start to finish, I’ll only leave once you’ve finished drawing me!


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