Dreamworld has been forced to defend the actions of animal handlers at its theme park after footage emerged of a tiger being slapped and its tail pulled.
Park vistor Xy Latu uploaded a video to Instagram of two handlers in the tiger pit: one pulling on the tiger’s tail, the other striking it on the head twice.
“WTF is going on there Dreamworld?” he asked.
Instagram users were quick to jump on board, labelling the incident “disgraceful”, “abuse” “digusting” and showing a “blatant disregard for the life of the animal”.
In a statement to 9News, PETA said, “Pulling a tiger by the tail and punching them in the head is appalling, unjustifiable cruelty”.