January 2009, China

Country: China

Location: Beijing Zoo

Date: 8 January 2009

Panda: Gu Gu


You might remember Gu Gu from the earlier reports when he bit a drunken intruder’s legs, and when he “tore chunks of flesh” off the legs of a 15 year old boy. Well, those events weren’t enough to stop someone else from entering Gu Gu’s enclosure. With similar results. A man climbed into the enclosure to “to retrieve a toy dropped by his 5-year-old son”. The AP reports:

Gu Gu, a 240-pound (110-kilogram) panda, mauled the man’s legs and refused to let go until zookeepers pried his jaws open with tools, said a zoo spokeswoman surnamed Gong. She would not give her full name, as is common among Chinese officials.

Fox News has a picture of the injured man. No word on whether zoo officials returned the toy.

Panda bites third tourist in 2 years at Beijing zoo; jaws had to be pried open with tools


2 Responses to “January 2009, China”

  1. 1 panda attack 2009/01/10 at 17:20

    CNN ads some grisly details in this report:

    The 240-pound giant panda sunk his teeth into Zhang’s left leg before moving on to the right leg.

    “The panda is a national treasure, and I love and respect [him], so I didn’t fight back,” Zhang said. “The panda didn’t let go until it chewed up my leg and its mouth was dripping with my blood.”

    Zookeepers needed to use tools to pry open Gu Gu’s jaws.

  1. 1 What makes Gu Gu the panda attack? « When Pandas Attack! Trackback on 2009/03/15 at 10:46

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