An Australian tourist traveling through southern China stumbled upon a small, furry creature trapped inside a cage labeled "koala." For 139 yuan ($22), the animal could be either "braised or stewed" for dinner — just one of many exotic, live options available for your gustatory pleasure at a restaurant in Panya district, Guangdong.

Horrified, the man crouched on the floor and snapped a picture of the godforsaken creature, who was only given a carrot to snack on/bond with/cry into. Take a closer look. Does it look like a koala to you? Does it even matter? That thing needs a hug, not a cup-and-a-half of puppy stock and some sliced bok choy. [ via Shanghaiist, Photo via]