March 2008, USA

Country: USA

Location: National Zoo, Washington DC

Date: 18 March 2008

Panda: Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain)


A keeper was bitten by Tai Shan while placing food in the panda enclosure’s yard area. The keeper was unaware that the panda had re-entered the yard and was attacked from behind. The Washington Post notes:

Keepers no longer enter Tai Shan’s yard for safety reasons, according to Gibbons, which has been the case since the cub weighed 70 pounds; now two-and-a-half years old, he weighs 170 pounds.

USA Today reported:

The keeper took 2-year-old Tai Shan indoors before placing food in his yard, Gibbons said in a statement. The panda re-entered the yard and approached the keeper from behind, playfully grabbing her with his mouth, Gibbons said. Pandas have sharp teeth, used for chewing bamboo.

Link: Panda cub injures zoo keeper


2 Responses to “March 2008, USA”

  1. 1 sylvia 2011/02/16 at 11:45

    Its a panda!!! OMG!! he was a baby panda ~!!!!seroiusly!!

  1. 1 Tai Shan going to China, parents hoping for new cub « When Pandas Attack! Trackback on 2010/01/22 at 14:12

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