Yes ’tis true. We have made the news again! This time on the BBC. Our recent trip to Harbin received some attention when I posted the tigers eating a cow video on YouTube.

Here is the link to the story on the BBC that aired on March 21st, 2007:

If you have troubles playing the video, don’t feel bad. I did too. It probably requires that you use RealPlayer, so if it does not run right away click on the link at the bottom of the page that looks like this picture:
Then set it to RealPlayer. It should reload and you should be fine. Hey, it is the BBC’s website. Don’t blame me. The kicker is if you are in China, you probably won’t be able to get to the site anyway as the BBC is blocked.

The video is quite long and goes through a whole long story about tiger bone and how it is illegal. The one stat I did not believe is that there were only 50 wild tigers in China. I do not know where they got that number, but they mention it twice.

My video contribution is at the very end. I am the “Western Tourist” (I guess I was a tourist to Harbin ;) and it is my voice that you hear saying, “I think its a cow!” To answer your question, No, I did not get paid and that is OK with me. I think the BBC is quite smart to use YouTube to find content they can use in a story. Beats hiring a photographer. Now if they could just make the video easier to play :)

Click here for other pictures from our Harbin trip.