Ubon Shopping Mall Sorry For 'Aquarium-Jumping Shark'

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

The incident took place at Central mall in the province 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 injury was 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 at the water tank glass 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 was no injury, 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 the aquarium staff will hand over the two bamboo sharks at the water tank 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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