View Full Version : Man Bites Panda at Zoo

Kenneth M
09-20-2006, 01:43 PM
BEIJING (Sept. 20) - A drunken Chinese migrant worker jumped into a panda enclosure at the Beijing Zoo, was bitten by the bear and retaliated by chomping down on the animal's back, state media said Wednesday.

Zhang Xinyan, from the central province of Henan, drank four jugs of beer at a restaurant near the zoo before visiting Gu the panda on Tuesday, the Beijing Morning Post said.

"He felt a sudden urge to touch the panda with his hand," and jumped into the enclosure, the newspaper said.

The panda, who was asleep, was startled and bit Zhang, 35, on the right leg, it said. Zhang got angry and kicked the panda, who then bit his other leg. A tussle ensued, the paper said.

"I bit the fellow in the back," Zhang was quoted as saying in the newspaper. "Its skin was quite thick."

Other tourists yelled for a zookeeper, who got the panda under control by spraying it with water, reports said. Zhang was hospitalized.

Newspaper photographs showed Zhang lying on a hospital bed with blood-soaked bandages and a seam of stitches running down his leg.

The Beijing Youth Daily quoted Zhang as saying that he had seen pandas on television and "they seemed to get along well with people."

"No one ever said they would bite people," Zhang said. "I just wanted to touch it. I was so dizzy from the beer. I don't remember much."

Ye Mingxia, a spokeswoman for the Beijing Zoo, confirmed the incident happened but would not give any details. She said Gu Gu was "healthy."

"We're not considering punishing him now," Ye said in a telephone interview. "He's suffered quite a bit of shock."

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John G.
09-20-2006, 01:51 PM
"I bit the fellow in the back," Zhang was quoted as saying in the newspaper. "Its skin was quite thick."

That's got to be the quote of the year.

Jeremy C.
09-20-2006, 02:08 PM
The Panda should have killed his dumb ass.

The key word is panda BEAR

Scott Ruhl
09-20-2006, 02:31 PM
I bet once you get past that thick skin they're real tender and sweet underneath, with a hint of butter. Prolly goes good with unicorn.

J Fresta
09-21-2006, 02:56 AM
uhh.. it's about time those wild animals got a taste of their own medicine! this guy is a hero. the next time I am attacked.. because of this man's inspiration.. i will bite that animal back! :D

Alli R
09-21-2006, 01:08 PM
They should put the guy to sleep.

J Fresta
09-21-2006, 04:33 PM
They should put the guy to sleep.

HA!! :D

John Ellsworth
09-21-2006, 10:48 PM
They should put the guy to sleep. As this happened in China, You might right.