In November a college student in Southern China was bitten by a panda after he broke into the bears enclosure hoping to get a hug.
A hug? Was he HIGH?
While visiting the QixingPark with classmates he jumped the 6.5 foot high fence around the pandas enclosure. The park was pretty much deserted at the time.
The Panda, Yang Yang, bit the student on the legs and arms.
Two foreign visitors saw the attack and ran to get help from workers at a nearby refreshment stand.
The student was pale as he was taken away by medics but appeared clear-headed, he said.
“Yang Yang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn’t expect he would attack,” the 20-year-old student, surnamed Liu, said in a local hospital, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
The student had to have surgery for his injuries but he was expected to recover fully.
The Panda, Yang Yang, was behaving normally the following day and didn’t seem to suffer any negative psychological effects.
The facility might consider putting more signs up around the enclosure however the park employee was quoted as saying “We cannot make it like a prison. We already have signs up warning people not to climb in,” he said. “There are no fences along roads but people know not to cross if there are cars. This is basic knowledge.”
There have been other incidents in the past in other zoos where people have tried to climb into panda enclosures and have been attacked. Pandas may be cute but they are still wild animals capable of attack.