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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


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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March 2008, USA

Country: USA

Location: National Zoo, Washington DC

Date: 18 March 2008

Panda: Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain)


A keeper was bitten by Tai Shan while placing food in the panda enclosure’s yard area. The keeper was unaware that the panda had re-entered the yard and was attacked from behind. The Washington Post notes:

Keepers no longer enter Tai Shan’s yard for safety reasons, according to Gibbons, which has been the case since the cub weighed 70 pounds; now two-and-a-half years old, he weighs 170 pounds.

USA Today reported:

The keeper took 2-year-old Tai Shan indoors before placing food in his yard, Gibbons said in a statement. The panda re-entered the yard and approached the keeper from behind, playfully grabbing her with his mouth, Gibbons said. Pandas have sharp teeth, used for chewing bamboo.

Link: Panda cub injures zoo keeper



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