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A Tale of Two Ling Lings

Each of the last two posts here documented an attack on a human by a giant panda named Ling Ling. But although both pandas were named Ling Ling, it is important to note that they are actually two separate pandas.

The Ling Ling involved in the 1984 incident is a female giant panda. She and her male partner Hsing Hsing were captured in China in 1971. In 1972, following Nixon’s visit to China, Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing were given to the US. Although they had five cubs, none survived for long after birth. Ling Ling died in 1992. Hsing Hsing died in 1999.

The Ling Ling involved in the 1995 incident is a male giant panda. He appears to be the same Ling Ling who was part of a pair of pandas who were exhibited in the US in 1987/88. That Ling Ling was born in the Beijing Zoo in September 1985. China exchanged Ling Ling for another panda from the Ueno Zoo in Japan. Ling Ling died in 2008 at the Ueno Zoo.



December 1984, USA

Country: USA

Location: National Zoo, Washington DC

Date: 23 December 1984

Panda: Ling Ling


Keeper Edwin Jacobs was mauled and bitten by Ling Ling, a 14 year-old female panda. Jacobs entered the cage to check on Ling Ling. According to the Times-Post news service, Jacobs had “lacerations on his neck, chest, back, arms and leg”. Although most were superficial. “one or more were deep lacerations that apparently were caused by biting”. Jacobs had 20 years of experience as a keeper and had worked frequently around Ling Ling and her partner Hsing Hsing.

A zoo spokeperson was quoted as saying:

People forget that pandas are wild animals. They are also naturally aggressive and territorial, and when Mr Jacobs entered the enclosure, she responded to it as an intrusion of her space.

Link: Panda’s Keeper Out Of Hospital

February 1995, China

Country: China

Location: Huzhou People’s Park

Date: 26 February 1995

Panda: Ling Ling


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



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