Ubon Shopping Mall Sorry For 'Aquarium-Jumping Shark'

The "aquarium" on the ground floor of Central shopping mall,  Ubon Ratchathani province, 25 December 2014

UBON RATCHATHANI – A shopping mall in Ubon Ratchathani province has apologised for a bamboo shark that jumped out of a water tank and hit several visitors in the mall.

The incident took place at Central mall at around 2.30 pm on 24 December. A Christmas shopper and his family were reportedly hit by the shark as it jumped out of the "aquarium" on the ground floor, but no injuries were reported. 

The bamboo shark was promptly picked up and thrown back into the water tank by a security guard.

Nattakit Tangplusinthana, a member of Central's executive board, told the press that the 40-cm long shark was an "un-aggressive creature." The incident took place after a child tapped on the glass of the water tank and startled the bamboo shark, Nattakit said in a statement.

"It then jumped out of the aquarium and caused panic to the family of foreign customers," Nattakit said. "However, there were no injuries, and the foreigners did not seek any compensation from Central. They merely complained about the incident and sought apology from the shopping mall staff."

He added, "The company feels deeply, and would like to apologise for the incident."

Nattakit said aquarium staff will hand over the two bamboo sharks to a state aquarium in Sri Saket province. The sharks will be replaced by other types of "beautiful fish," he said. 

 

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