Pandas may seem like giant stuffed toys, but beneath that cute and cuddly exterior lies a wild animal. Like most animals, pandas will attack if threatened or provoked.

If you ask someone to think of a panda, most people will form an image in their mind of a large, furry, rotund animal with black and white fur and black patches around the eyes. This is the Giant Panda. They are part of the family Ursidae, or Bears. Like all members of this family, the Giant Panda is part of the order Carnivore, which comes from the Latin for “flesh devourers”. Despite the fact that the Giant Panda’s diet consists largely of bamboo shoots, they are quite capable of killing and eating other animals.

Pandas in captivity will sometimes attack their keepers or zoo patrons who are foolish enough to enter their enclosures. This blog serves to document those attacks that are reported.

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