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GRAPHIC VIDEO: China circus horror as performing bear eats monkey in front of families

WARNING: Some may find this graphic.

A monkey forced to ride a bicycle in a Chinese circus act was mauled to death by a bear in the same show.

A video of the incident shows the monkey, one of two in the show, doing two circuits of the circus ring at the Shanghai Animal Show in China. The monkey is followed by a black bear, also on a bicycle.

The audience cheer and laugh at the animals, but then one of the monkeys crashes off its bike just as the bear passes by. The monkey is trapped beneath its machine and, immediately, the bear pounces, mauling the monkey in front of dozens of children in the audience.

Circus staff try desperately to get the bear off the monkey, but the primate is in the bear's jaws for more than 30 seconds. Eventually staff drag the monkey's apparently lifeless body away.

The video appeared online Tuesday, but it is not clear when the incident took place.

 
 
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