n Tuesday, a 6-year-old girl nearly got her fingers ripped off after a shark bit her at an open-top aquarium in a shopping mall in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province.
Footage from Pear Video shows the little girl leaning against the tank, watching the animals swim around, when a shark suddenly jumps up and snatches her right hand. While other mall-goers scurry away in fright, the girl’s family members quickly help her to break free from the shark.
Following the frightening incident, the girl was rushed to the hospital, where she was treated for multiple finger fractures and muscle tears. Footage of the girl’s hand shows quite a lot of blood.
The girl’s grandmother has claimed that the girl did not reach her hand into the water prior to the attack, demanding that the shopping mall should take full responsibility for her injury. Meanwhile, a mall employee has insisted that security footage shows the girl’s hand coming into contact with the water, provoking the animal to attack her.
In the CCTV footage that has so far been released online, it is not exactly clear if the girl touches the water or not. There are warning signs around the aquarium, cautioning visitors against reaching into the water. There are also staff on hand to remind shoppers to be careful.
Still, it’s not clear why the mall thought it would be a good idea to have an open-top aquarium filled with sharks. Honestly, a child only being slightly injured, and not losing a finger, appears to us the best possible outcome of staging such an event.
The operations manager of the mall has said that the mall will cooperate with the hospital to ensure that the girl recovers from her injuries. In the meantime, they will further step up safety measures at the aquarium.
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