One couple in Dubai is in the eye of the storm for a stunt that has enraged animal lovers and wildlife activists.
Footage that has gone viral online shows that the would-be parents used a real, live tiger to reveal the gender of their unborn baby. In the footage, the tiger appears to be on a beach next to the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. Roaming freely without a chain or a leash, it approaches a bunch of balloons floating above the sand and raises itself up on its hind legs to pop one of them.
Pink powder bursts out of the balloon, signifying that the baby would be a girl.
According to local reports, the video was first shared online two days ago by Carlotta Cavallari, who added a disclaimer at the bottom. “Tiger was not harmed and plastic was disposed of. Relax everyone,” she wrote.
The video went viral after it was shared by the ‘Lovin Dubai’ Instagram page. Watch it below:
Since being posted, the video has been viewed thousands of times and collected over 1,000 comments – many of them from people criticising the stunt.
“Absolutely disgusted. These majestic creatures are not on this planet for you to exploit for your own superficial pleasure!” one Instagram user wrote.
“A tiger’s place is in wilderness not as pet in Dubai or anywhere else,” another said.