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Wild Beijing - part 7: Keeping Crickets

Wild Beijing - part 7: Keeping Crickets

Updated: 2013-08-07
By Alice Carfrae (chinadaily.com.cn)
Source: http://video.chinadaily.com.cn/2013/0808/981.shtml

Beijing has a greater variety of bird species than London, New York and Paris. This eight part series will explore Beijing's wildlife and the people trying to conserve it.

Beijingers have a long tradition of keeping wild animals as pets, there are records of the royal family in the Qing dynasty keeping song birds and crickets.

Influenced by an ever-increasing awareness of the environment and animal protection. More people are choosing domesticated animals as pets. However some old generation Beijingers stick to their traditional attitude towards animals.

In part 7 we meet Mr Liu who keeps crickets in his hutong home.

Written & Video By Alice Carfrae
Animation: Guillermo Munro, Alice Carfrae
Producer: Flora Yue