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China orders hotel to shut guest room that displayed a live TIGER behind reinforced glass

  • China is forcing a hotel to close its room looking out on to a live white tiger 
  • Guests can sleep right beside the tiger separated by blast-proof glass 
  • But the Chinese government fears the glass is not soundproof enough to prevent guests from alarming the animal










A hotel with a room looking out on to an enclosed tiger in eastern China has been ordered by government officials to close off the view over fears for the animal’s welfare. 

The white tiger, which can be seen from the hotel room roaming the grassy enclosure, is separated by glass from a room at the Sendi Tribe Treehouse Hotel in Nantong.

The hotel is connected to the Nantong Forest safari park, one of the large-scale zoos in the region with nearly 20,000 wild animals.

State media said tigers and other animals can be easily alarmed when so close to the glass, according to the Times.

The hotel offers a view into the tiger's enclosure (pictured), but Chinese state media said the animal could be easily alarmed if the glass is not soundproof enough

The hotel offers a view into the tiger’s enclosure (pictured), but Chinese state media said the animal could be easily alarmed if the glass is not soundproof enough

An aerial view of the the Nantong Forest safari park where the hotel is located

An aerial view of the the Nantong Forest safari park where the hotel is located

While guests are protected from the tiger by blast-proof glass, The Beijing News said the design lacked consideration for the tiger.

The Chinese-government owned newspaper said there needed to be further evaluation on whether the design was soundproof enough to ensure the animal’s welfare.

One-way glass may reduce disturbances to the animals, added the news outlet.

The hotel already offers rooms with views looking out on to giraffes, lions and zebras.

Resident are set to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 1, ushering in 2022 as the year of the Tiger.

China National Radio suggested the hotel was using the Chinese Year of the Tiger as a marketing gimmick, promoting the tiger room ahead of the celebrations.

Another white tiger (pictured) licks a block of ice in the Nantong Forest safari park

Another white tiger (pictured) licks a block of ice in the Nantong Forest safari park

Sendi Tribe Treehouse is not the first hotel to advertise a room with an exotic view.

Last year saw Harbin in northeastern China unveil the world’s first polar bear hotel.

Guests can view polar bears 24 hours a day through windows facing on to the bears’ enclosure.

‘These bears appear to have no fresh air, no space to roam, no privacy, no peace, no view and just artificial stimulation,’ said Simon Marsh, the acting director of UK-based animal welfare group Wild Welfare.

Zoos and other captive facilities should prioritize the individual needs of their animals, not the public, added Marsh in 2021 when the zoo opened.

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BUSINESS LIVE: Deliveroo orders soar; AJ Bell builds on customer growth; Entain betting revenues stall










Food delivery company Deliveroo saw the gross transaction value of orders on its platform rise 36 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2021, resulting in it hitting the top of its guidance range with a 70 per cent rise for the year.

Food delivery boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic when pubs and restaurants were closed, and the popularity of the platforms has not faded since hospitality reopened.

Investment platform AJ Bell’s total customer numbers increased to 398,066, up 27 per cent over the last year and 4 per cent in the fourth quarter, with total net inflows in the quarter of £1.3billion.

Total assets under administration increased to £75.6billion, up 21 per cent over the last year and 4 per cent in the quarter, as AJ Bell performed well against tough comparative results on the prior year when Covid restrictions helped to drive total customer growth, gross inflows and net inflows to record levels

British gambling firm Entain’s quarterly revenue from online betting slipped after years of steady growth, while betting activity at its physical shops bounced back on easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Entain’s online net gaming revenue fell 9 per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter ended 31 December, as it reported particularly strong numbers a year earlier.

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Deliveroo order numbers grew 10% compared to the previous quarter and the average value stabilised, up by 1% in constant currency on Q3 to £21.40

Deliveroo order numbers grew 10% compared to the previous quarter and the average value stabilised, up by 1% in constant currency on Q3 to £21.40

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Shares in housebuilders hit after Michael Gove orders them to cough up £4bn to fix the cladding crisis










Housebuilders saw £1.6billion wiped off their value after the Government demanded they foot a £4billion bill to remove unsafe cladding from tower blocks.

In an open letter to property developers yesterday, Housing Secretary Michael Gove warned he was prepared to take ‘all steps necessary’ to force the industry to contribute towards the cost of safety works, including restricting access to government funding.

He added that the Government may ultimately resort to laws or the courts to force developers to cough up the cash.

Repair bill: Housing firms have until early March to agree on a plan to cover the costs associated with removing dangerous cladding from buildings between 11 and 18 metres high

Repair bill: Housing firms have until early March to agree on a plan to cover the costs associated with removing dangerous cladding from buildings between 11 and 18 metres high

Housing firms will have until early March to agree on a fully-funded plan to cover the costs associated with removing dangerous cladding from buildings between 35 and 60 feet high.

Gove also said in a speech to MPs that the Government will crack down on rogue firms responsible for building unsafe homes.

‘I am putting them on notice,’ he said. ‘If you mis-sold dangerous products like cladding or insulation, if you cut corners to save cash, we are coming for you.’

The strong words sent shares in FTSE 100 property firms tumbling, with Persimmon dropping 5.1 per cent while Barratt Developments fell 4.9 per cent, Berkeley slumped 3.6 per cent and Taylor Wimpey sank 3.5 per cent.

The pain was also felt among the mid-cap developers, with Redrow sliding 4.5 per cent while Bellway shed 4 per cent, Crest Nicholson lost 1.8 per cent and Vistry Group dropped 2.9 per cent.

It is the third time property companies have had to dip into their pockets to fund cladding removal, having already set aside almost £1billion to fix existing buildings while another £2billion is expected to be raised from a ‘cladding tax’ that comes into force in April.

The removal of unsafe cladding has been a key aim for the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, in which 72 people died.

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