The main gate of the Central Zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea takes the form of an enormous tiger's head with visitors entering and exiting through the big cat's mouth.   

Giant Tiger Head Greets Visitors To North Korea's Central Zoo

The Central Zoo opened in 1959 with fifty badgers as its original exhibits. Over the years, gifts from world leaders have helped broaden the zoo's diversity though a number of sources have criticized both the care given to and accommodations provided for the animals, the big cats in particular. We've previously mentioned one of the zoo's other notorious attractions, a cigarette-smoking chimpanzee.

Giant Tiger Head Greets Visitors To North Korea's Central Zoo

But we digress. The huge tiger head gate was one of many upgrades ordered by North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un in 2014 and completed during the summer of 2016. Like so much about in North Korea, appearances are everything and the Central Zoo's main gate goes all out to impress visitors with its visual majesty.

Giant Tiger Head Greets Visitors To North Korea's Central Zoo

Once past the ginormous gleaming fangs and into the zoo, however... let's just say things go downhill (or down the hatch) with the utmost speed. For example, ownership of pet dogs is forbidden in Pyongyang ostensibly for “hygienic reasons”, so the only place to see man's best friends up close and personal is – you guessed it – the zoo! We reckon any pet owners who return from a visit to the Central Zoo do so with a renewed appreciation for their four-legged companions. (via CLADnews, NK-News, and Daily Mail

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