A pack of wolves chasing actors across the stage during a live show has raised alarm about the safety of the performers and audience.
The clip was filmed in a theater in northwestern city of Xi’an, China was posted on social media platform Weibo last week. It quickly went viral, garnering more than 433 million views.
The video shows a number of wolves running out from backstage, jumping into the aisles between audience seats and chasing performers, as part of the show, titled “Tuoling Legend” or “The Legend of Camel Bell.”
The wolves don’t appear to wear any harnesses or leashes.
The audience, who sit several feet away from the stage, used phones to record the scene. The wolves and performers act out fight scenes, with a wolf pinning down an actor at one point.
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A representative of the Xi’an branch of Huaxia Cultural Tourism, the company that owns the theatre and conducted the performance, said: “these wolves are safe and won’t hurt people.”
“The wolves have been domesticated for three to four generations,” the representative said.
“They are legally raised and trained by professional trainers with certifications since 2018 and no accident happened in the past three years.”
The representative said the fight scenes had been practiced many times, and all the performers wore protective clothes so they wouldn’t be hurt. There are also protection nets between the stage and seats, so the wolves can’t reach the audience, the representative added.
According to the Huaxia Cultural Tourism website, the wolves only feature in one of seven scenes in the performance, which tells the history of the Silk Road.
Camels also feature in the performance, according to the Huaxia Cultural Tourism website, which says 30 wolves and 20 camels are part of the show.