Walrus hugs and drowns two men

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A 1,500kg walrus hugged and killed two people in a wildlife park in China.

A male tourist from Liaoning was visiting the Xixiajou Wildlife Park in Shandong province when he lost his footing and fell into the walrus pool, reported the Shanghai Daily.

The newspaper did not say when the incident occurred.

Its trainer jumped into the water to try to save the tourist but he was also grabbed by the animal, which wrapped its arms around the duo.


It then plunged underwater with the two men, reported Fox News.

Zoo officials told local media they initially thought the walrus was being playful with its long-time trainer and did not think the men were at risk.

A video of the incident has been circulating on Weibo, leading many to question the park's safety procedures.

There are no barriers at the walrus exhibit, which is still open.