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Zoo panda bites third tourist in 2 years

January 9, 2009

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— A panda at the Beijing zoo bit his third tourist in two years — and this time, his jaws had to be forced open to free the man, who had jumped in to retrieve his son’s toy.

Gu Gu, a 240-pound panda, mauled the man’s legs and refused to let go until zookeepers pried his jaws open with tools, said a zoo spokeswoman surnamed Gong. She would not give her full name, as is common among Chinese officials.

Gu Gu first made news in 2007 when he bit a drunken tourist who jumped into his pen and tried to hug him. The tourist retaliated by biting the panda in the back.

In October, Gu Gu viciously bit a teenager who climbed into his exercise area out of curiosity.

The Beijing News said the latest victim, Zhang Jiao of central Anhui province, suffered damage to major ligaments and is recovering from surgery.

The newspaper quoted tourists as saying Zhang appeared to first look around to see if pandas were nearby before jumping in to get his 5-year-old son’s toy.

Pandas, a national symbol of China and often seen as being cute and cuddly, can be violent when provoked or startled.

Comments

denak 5 years, 11 months ago

I would really hate to read that this panda was put down because of these idiot's actions.Did the third man ever stop to think that perhaps he should ask someone at the zoo to get the toy???Would that have been too much to ask?There are times when an animal needs to be put down because it really is dangerous but an animal shouldn't be killed just because of the idiotic actions of a bunch of stupid people. The panda was just doing what pandas do.Maybe we should put down these people instead.Dena

jaywalker 5 years, 11 months ago

Darwin at work. Panda food.Wake up, denak. Where the hell did you get the idea they were gonna put the bear down? In fact, I've never heard of an animal in a zoo being put down because of an attack. Not to mention pandas are rare.

coolmom 5 years, 11 months ago

they need to make it so it is not so easy for people to get in there. i do agree that the learning curve here is alarming. they should put a sign up saying something like the panda likes to meet tourists in person please sign waiver.

missmia 5 years, 11 months ago

idiots get what's coming to themi'm sorry but if my kid threw his toy into a bear pen, say goodbye to the toy

jaywalker 5 years, 11 months ago

Seriously, Darwin at work. The weak and stupid (should)get culled from the herd. Unfortunately, these three morons survived which raises the likelihood that they'll continue that particular bloodline.

Confrontation 5 years, 11 months ago

You know the economy is bad when you'd risk your life to get a stupid toy. Actually, I think having morons like this is a great way to keep the panda happy.

gr 5 years, 11 months ago

"Getting eaten by a bear has always been a big fear of mine."Bear.Not bear.Now bear.

jonas_opines 5 years, 11 months ago

That's it! Consider "Slap a panda" to be officially added to my bucket list. /last item on the list, I think. I'll wait until I'm old and decrepit anyway

jengaman 5 years, 11 months ago

Did the kid get the toy? How could they leave that part out of the story? The suspense is killing me!

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