£11m ‘polar bear hotel’ lets guests watch ‘miserable’ animals from rooms 24/7

Animal rights activists have slammed a strange new hotel that allows guests to watch captive polar bears from their rooms 24/7.

Billed as the first of its kind in the world, it officially opens its gates for visitors in Harbin Polar Land in the north-eastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang this week.

The £11m hotel is being advertised as providing the unique experience of having polar bears as "neighbours 24 hours a day".

It is equipped with a total of 33 pieces of tempered glass spread across all functional areas of the hotel, allowing guests to watch the animals from any room.

But animal-rights activists have urged guests to stay away.'

PETA vice president Asia Jason Baker said: "PETA urges patrons to stay away from this hotel and any other establishment that profits from animals’ misery."

Mr Baker said the polar bears were active for up to 18 hours a day in nature, roaming home ranges that can span thousands of miles, where they enjoy real life.

He added: "Polar bears belong in the Arctic, not in zoos or glass boxes in aquariums – and certainly not in hotels.

"The greedy, exploitative aquarium industry, which is out of place in today’s increasingly aware world, is built on the suffering of intelligent, social beings who are denied everything that's natural and important to them."

It comes as a zoo tried to replace a dead wolf with a dog as it was 'cheaper'.

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The Xiangwushan Zoo, in China, needed a replacement and bosses decided it was cheaper to use a Rottweiler instead of getting a new one.

They argued as the dog is a close relative of the wolf, visitors to the attraction in Xianning, in the province of Hubei, would not complain.

But customers were not fooled and quickly spotted the pet in the cage.

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