A play in China is facing criticism after a pack of 30 wolves chased actors off stage

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The Chinese play "Tuoling Legend" involves live wolves and camels. John Moore/Getty Images
  • 30 live wolves chased a group of Chinese actors during a performance of "Tuoling Legend" last week.

  • A video of the event shows the wolves chasing actors down the aisles, and one actor pretending to be mauled.

  • According to representatives from the theatre, the wolves are trained and domesticated specifically for performances.

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Audience members at a show in Xi'an, China called "Tuoling Legend" were shocked when cast members sprinted down the aisles as they were chased by 30 live wolves last week.

A video of the performance posted to Chinese social media platform Weibo shows the wolves sprinting off stage and through the aisles, eventually chasing a cast member and pretending to maul them.

A representative from the Xi'an branch of Huaxia Cultural Tourism, which owns the theatre, told CNN the wolves were safe to have around people.

"The wolves have been domesticated for three to four generations," the representative told CNN. "They are legally raised and trained by professional trainers with certifications since 2018 and no accident [has] happened in the past three years."

According to the representative, the wolves are trained to not harm the actors, who have practiced the fight scene was numerous times. The actors also wear protective clothes, and audience members are shielded by nets so the wolves can't touch them.

The wolves are only released for one of the seven scenes that comprise the show. A different scene involves 20 live camels.

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