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Zoo condemned for giving visitors chance to play tug of war with a tiger

A British zoo has been criticised for offering visitors the opportunity to test their strength against one of the planet's toughest mammals.

Visitors to Dartmoor Zoo are being invited to pay £15 to play tug of war against a tiger.

Children as young as eight are able to take part in the challenge, which the zoo claims helps the animals keep in shape.

The move has been condemned as cruel by animal rights campaigners.

A petition has been started against the zoo.

A petition started by Sue Daly on 38 Degrees accuses Dartmoor Zoo of "acting more like a circus rather than somewhere that really cares about the health and safety of the endangered animals in their captivity."

By Thursday evening, more than 2,400 has supported the petition.

The zoo's owners have reportedly refused to remove the attraction.

Speaking to Plymouth Live, the zoo's owner Benjamin Mee said: "People are making a fuss about nothing. I think this is 100% the right thing to be doing; the lion loves it.”