Giant Panda Attacks Man

Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 22nd, 2008

Okay, so this is more news of wild animals continuing to act like animals, and humans being stupid. In this case, it is with one of the “classic animals of discovery” in cryptozoology.

The BBC News is reporting that a man has been attacked by a giant panda at a zoo park in southern China, after he climbed into its enclosure hoping to cuddle the creature.

The 20-year-old student had ignored warning signs and scaled a two-metre (6.5ft) barrier to get into the pen.

State media say the panda bit him on his arms and legs, and he had to be rescued by the animal’s keepers.

Speaking from his hospital bed, the injured man said the panda had looked so cute he had just wanted to hug it.

The incident happened on Friday, November 21, at Qixing Park in Guilin, a popular tourist attraction in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which houses a small zoo and panda exhibit.

A worker at the park, quoted by the official Xinhua news agency, said there are clear signs warning visitors not to go beyond the fences for their own safety, “but the young man ignored them.”

The panda, Yang Yang, was apparently scared by the intruder and bit the man’s arms and legs, he said.

Two foreign visitors who saw the incident alerted keepers who rushed to the student’s rescue and calmed the panda.

The man – named only as Liu – was taken to hospital. He underwent an operation and doctors said he would stay in hospital for a few days, although his life was not in danger.

Liu, who is studying at a university in Guilin, said he had been visiting the park with fellow students.
“Yang Yang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him,” he told Xinhua from his hospital bed.

[I certainly hope his university advisors give Mr. Liu some advice on taking targeted courses to learn in the future what animals are okay to cuddle and which are not cuddle material. Incredible. – Loren.]

“I didn’t expect he would attack… I don’t remember how many bites I got.”

Yang Yang – whose name means sun – is seven years old and weighs 80kg (176lb). Keepers said he had recovered from the incident and was eating and playing as normal.


Is this Yang Yang one of the two giant pandas known to have this name or another one?

Yang Yang is the name of two giant pandas on display outside of China.

One of the two is a male (b. September 9, 1997) residing at Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia and the father of Mei Lan. He is kept separate from the cub and his mother Lun Lun because male pandas do not play a part in raising cubs in the wild.

The other panda is a female living at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, along with her mate Long Hui. This female Yang Yang recently surprised her zookeepers when she gave birth on August 23, 2007 to a male cub.

In this 2005 photo of Yang Yang (apparently the Vienna individual), a child is shown to have climbed over the fence surrounding the panda enclosure and enticed Yang Yang to approach the glass while feeding.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

12 Responses to “Giant Panda Attacks Man”

  1. Ceroill responds:

    Oh good grief. I’m with you, Loren. Guy got what he deserved, maybe he will learn from the experience.

  2. NatureBoy responds:

    Sad thing is when this sort of thing happens, is that it can put the animals handlers in danger. Some animals are never quite the same after these type of events and end up being too dangerous to keep. Bloody Idiot.

  3. Aztec Raptor responds:

    I agree with you Loren and Ceroill, that guy got what he deserved, he knows they aren’t “cute and cuddly”, that they can harm someone if needed!!!

  4. sschaper responds:

    Yet another reason not to wear “Eau de Bamboo.”

  5. Doug responds:

    Stupid is as stupid does, I suppose.

  6. Alligator responds:

    “Eau de bamboo” – that’s good sschaper!

    Really, the more urban human populations become, the stupider they act when they do get around wild animals. Anthropomorphism in the cartoons doesn’t help either. Sheesh.

  7. shumway10973 responds:

    Hey, people have had similar thoughts about the bears at Yellowstone Park, and those are known for eating humans. My ex-father-in-law is a retired forestry official and actually had to arrest someone for child endangerment. They wanted a picture with the “teddy bear” holding their baby. This guy is just lucky that Pandas aren’t actually bears and that after years of getting tired of trying to catch their food pandas now eat mostly bamboo. If it had been an American Grizzly, the story would have been told only by the zoo keeper.

  8. Scari responds:

    Just more of the people thinking all animals love to be petted or what have you. This is the problem when channels like Discovery run these shows on animals/fish claiming they’re harmless and don’t instinctively attack humans.

  9. sausage1 responds:

    If brains were dynamite this pillock wouldn’t have enough to blow his hat off. I hope the panda doesn’t catch DUMB from biting him.

  10. mystery_man responds:

    Shumway10973- Actually, pandas ARE bears. While it was true they were once thought to be members of the raccoon family Procyonidae, they are no longer classified as such based on increasing genetic knowledge and morphology. Giant pandas are now classified with bears in the family Ursidae . I know a lot of people still mistakenly use the old classification and like to point out that pandas are not bears, but they are.

  11. mystery_man responds:

    While I’m here on pandas, I thought I’d dispel some other myths. Another myth, other than that they are not bears (they are), is that pandas can ONLY eat bamboo, or that they are physically unable to stomach anything else. This is false. They also eat vines, flowers, tufted grasses, and even rodents. In fact, giant pandas still have the digestive system of a carnivore and can eat meat if they want. Pandas have adapted to a vegetarian diet and typically subsist almost entirely on bamboo, but the interesting thing about this is that their digestive system is actually not all that efficient at digesting it, and they lack the digestive enzymes that some animals have for the purpose of eating plant matter. It is one of the reasons why they have to eat such large amounts of bamboo, because they are not able to efficiently derive nutrients from it.

  12. cor2879 responds:

    I remember years ago we went to Sea World in Orlando and the next day there was a report in the news that some guy had climbed into the orca holding tank for a swim and was found in the tank dead. Turns out he had not climbed into the tank where they held the “show” orcas but instead where they keep the big males that are used for research and breeding programs. People can be so stupid when it comes to wild animals.

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