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WHOA! Toddler Walks a Tightrope Over Tigers

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Yes, she's 3. Yes, she's on a tightrope. Yes, those are tigers underneath her.


NBC reports that this 3-year-old girl in China has sparked controversy with her wobbly tightrope act -- all done high above hungry Siberian tigers.

It all plays out at a zoo in China, where the toddler -- a tyke named Xiaoyan -- walks a 50-meter wire that's nearly 30 feet in the air. (At one point, she falls -- only to be saved by a safety line.) Her father calls her the world's youngest tightrope walker. We'll just call him nuts.

What do you think? Is this entertainment ... or child abuse?


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30 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kristin April 13, 2010, 12:05 PM

I vote “child abuse” on this one.

Chris April 13, 2010, 2:13 PM

Other news articles tell how she has been tightrope walking since the age of 1 and I bet they weren’t ‘hungry’ tigers!!!

I reckon it’s well cool and yes before you ask I am a mum..

Name April 13, 2010, 2:50 PM

Child abuse. If they’ve been making her do this since she was one, it wasn’t something she’s chooseing to do its what she’s taught. Trying to make money off this poor toddler.

Anonymous April 14, 2010, 10:14 AM

its china im surprised they let the elders birth a female

Louise McCloud April 14, 2010, 1:53 PM

Their is nothing funny or cute about this story, I agree it’s somekind of child abuse, a 3 year old should not be doing adult stunts and from what I’ve read this child was really scared. These parents are SICK.

Zach Bell April 14, 2010, 8:12 PM

If the child is indeed scared and would rather not walk the tightrope, yes it’s child abuse. It’s also child exploitation.

If the child enjoys it and there’s a safety line there, then no.

It’s dependant entirely on the child’s willingness and comfort level as well as safety considerations provided by the parents.

Mandy May 14, 2010, 8:07 AM

Oh please. This looks fun & safe. And once she quits falling & gets a little more weight against the wind, she will have a famous career. Lets all teach our kids how to do something amazing & scary :)

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