Posts Tagged 'panda attack'

October 2016, China

Country: China

Location: Nanchang Zoo, Jiangxi province

Date: 30 October 2016

Panda: Mei Ling


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


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 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


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

1970s, France

Country: France

Location: Vincennes Zoo, Paris

Date: (sometime between 1974 and 1981)

Panda: Yen Yen


Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing was apparently attacked by Yen Yen, a male panda, while visiting his daughter at Vincennes Zoo. Although it happened sometime in the 1970s, Giscard d’Estaing did not speak publicly about the incident until May 2013. The BBC quoted him as saying (in translation):

They came to extract me from its claws but imagine what would have been said had the animal knocked me to the ground,” the famously tall president – he is 1.89m (6ft 2in) – remarked to laughter from the audience.

Iain Valentine, Director of Giant Pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo, told the BBC “Although they are vegetarian bears, obviously at the end of the day pandas are still very powerful and muscular bears with teeth and claws to match”.

Yen Yen was one of two male pandas given to France in 1973 by China. Yen Yen died in January of 2000. The other panda, Li Li, died from a pancreatic tumour only months after arriving in France.

March 2011, USA

Country: USA

Location: San Diego Zoo, San Diego

Date: 13 March 2011

Panda: Bai Yun (White Cloud)


Nineteen year-old female panda Bai Yun apparently pushed her way through an unlocked gate meant to separate her from her keepers. When the keepers attempted to herd her back through the gate, Bai Yun attacked one of them.

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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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