Posts Tagged 'china'

December 2016, China

Country: China

Location: Wolong National Nature Reserve

Date: 17 December 2016

Panda: Ximei

Details:

A worker at China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve entered an enclosure to check on a panda cub. The cub’s mother, 16 year-old Ximei, attacked the worker. Wei Hua had been working with giant pandas since 2013, so was aware of the dangers. According to the GB Times:

Wei’s hamstrings, as well as the carpal bones in both of his hands were broken, and nearly a third of his left palm was bitten off.

Xinhua has pictures of the mother and her cub. The one of Wei in recovery is not recommended for sensitive readers.

 

 

 

October 2016, China

Country: China

Location: Nanchang Zoo, Jiangxi province

Date: 30 October 2016

Panda: Mei Ling

Details:

An unidentified young man entered the giant panda enclosure at Nanchang Zoo. According to the South China Morning Post, he “jumped over a 1.3-metre-high perimeter fence, then leapt across a three-metre-deep ditch to reach the playground used by giant pandas”.

Mei Ling was alone in the enclosure and was asleep when the man entered. When he awoke, Mei Ling grabbed the man by his leg and wrestled him to the ground. The panda appeared to be merely playing with the intruder, who managed to escape after a few minutes. Even so, witnesses reported that “his trousers had been badly ripped by the animals teeth and claws”. The International Business Times has video of the incident.

 

March 2014, China

Country: China

Location: near Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve

Date: 1 March 2014

Panda: wild panda

Details:

70 year-old Guan Quanzhi had his right leg seriously injured by a wild panda. The panda was being chased by more than 200 villagers and wildlife officials. When the frightened panda encountered Guan picking tea leaves on his farm, it bit his right leg and did not let go until someone covered the panda’s head with a coat. The panda then escaped.

Gaun’s injuries included leg and ankle fractures, as well as severed arteries. He required 7 hours of surgery and a 57 day hospital stay. (That link contains an image of the injuries after surgery and skin grafts, but the extent of the damage is clearly visible. Sensitive readers are warned that the image may be upsetting.) Guan’s son was quoted on China.org.cn as saying,

The doctor said my father was lucky enough to avoid an amputation, but he may be incapable of working in the future.

February 1995, China

Country: China

Location: Huzhou People’s Park

Date: 26 February 1995

Panda: Ling Ling

Details:

A zoo in China was reportedly fined because Ling Ling, a visiting panda, bit a child who got into the cage and “began teasing the animal”.

The boy, 10, was apparently bitten in the legs by Ling Ling. The Associated Press reported:

The China Daily said the boy, Lu Jie, is now disabled.

Link: Panda behind bars: A 10-year-old boy in Huzhou, China, who…

Link: Briefs

May 2011, China

Country: China

Location: Wuhan Zoo, Hubei

Date: 2 May 2011

Panda: Hope

Details:

Hope, a five year-old male panda in Wuhan Zoo, chased and killed a peacock that had strayed into its enclosure. Although peacocks often entered the panda area from their neighbouring enclosure, this is the first time that one had been killed. The Telegraph reported:

Chen Jun, zoo keeper, said: “In spite of the general impression of being docile, panda is after all an animal. As an omnivorous animal though, giant panda sometimes eats meat.

“As you can see at the video, the panda reacted quite fast and ran at a surprising speed.”

Tai Shan going to China, parents hoping for new cub

Four year-old panda Tai Shan will be leaving the National Zoo in Washington, DC, USA to go to China sometime after the end of January 2010. You may recall Tai Shan, whose name means “peaceful mountain”, from his March 2008 attack on his keeper. All of the giant pandas in the US, including those born in captivity like Tai Shan, belong to China. According to UPI, the zoo is planning to send Tai Shan off with a party on 30 January.

Meanwhile, Tai Shan’s mother Mei Xian has been artificially inseminated. Tai Shan was the product of a successful artificial insemination and was born at the National Zoo.

Old news in panda attacks by Gu Gu

For some unknown reason, AP republished the story of an October 2007 attack on a teen by Gu Gu, a male panda at the Beijing Zoo. The article is entitled “Panda attacks teeen in zoo enclosure” and is dated 31 March 2009. This isn’t a new attack. Presumably human error or a technical glitch are responsible for this republishing.

A few Australian papers seem to have picked this up (like The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age) and it has made its way onto a few blogs. No other newspapers seem to have reported it, so it may have been an isolated Australian problem.

Poor Gu Gu. Even when he hasn’t attacked anyone for months, he can’t keep the media from ruining his good name…



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