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Zoo keeper who charged customers to ride giant tortoises is fired

By Mason White 6:21 PM May 10, 2015
Tourists riding the tortoises 

By: Feng Qian
A zoo keeper has caused controversy after he made money by allowing people to ride giant tortoises.

The zoo keeper in Xiamen, China, was fired after photos were posted to the Internet earlier this week, showing tourists riding the rare animal.

They received two giant Aldabra tortoises 3 years ago by the government of Mauritius, in Africa.

The tortoises are some of the few largest in the world and can live to be over 150 years old.

The zoo allows tourists to take pictures with the tortoises, but visitors are not allowed to touch or ride the tortoises.

However, one greedy zookeeper blatantly violated the rule so he can earn extra money by charging people for riding the tortoises.

After much backlash, the worker has been fired.