Beijing panda bites third tourist (BBC)

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  1. macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    The title is from the BBC news site but shouldn't it read "Third idiot jumps in Panda Pen" ? :rolleyes:

    "A panda at the Beijing zoo has bitten a tourist for the third time in two years, causing leg injuries.
    Gu Gu the panda had to have his jaws forced open to free the man, who had jumped in to retrieve his son's toy.
    Gu Gu first bit a man in 2007, when a drunken tourist jumped into his pen and tried to hug him, then bit the panda in the back in retaliation.
    Gu Gu later bit a teenager who had let curiosity about the panda's pen put him in harm's way.
    The latest incident saw the 110kg (240lb) Gu Gu maul the legs of Zhang Jiao.
    "The panda bit into the man's right leg, and when he was done with that, he bit the left leg," the Beijing Morning Post reported.
    The panda refused to let go until zookeepers pried his jaws open with tools, said a zoo spokeswoman surnamed Gong.
    Mr Zhang Jiao of central Anhui province suffered damage to major ligaments and is recovering from surgery.
    He may also face criminal charges for entering the panda pen.
    Pandas, a national symbol of China, are mythologised as cute and cuddly but can often be violent.
    Scientists believe fewer than 2,000 giant pandas live in the wild in China.
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    I wouldn't be so judgemental. Incidents like these are rarely black and white.
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Unbearable! :D

    Yes, I know the panda isn't a bear, but who gives a feck?
  4. Lau

    Indeed. The poor chap could have just been bamboozled by whether or not to go in.
  5. macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Lets not pander to these sorts of assumptions.
  6. thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    It makes me wonder what would of happened if the 'curious teenager' had visited the shark tank first?
  7. Lau

    It makes me paws for thought, too.
  8. thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Wow Im having an off day. I can't think of any clever stuff.

    I may refur myself to the doctor.
  9. macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    I may take a while to come up with An-Answer.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    Perhaps the second strangest panda phenomenon.

    First: Panda Dog
  11. thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    Click the first image on the first page, theres some well funny pics! :D
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    How big is this fence? I would think after the first bite that they would make the fence more difficult to climb.
  13. macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location
    ^^^Why? It's not a safety issue. The fence is there, and signs are probably there as well. They've done everything they need to do, and if people are only getting bitten after climbing a fence that was built specifically to separate the panda from zoo visitors, there's not much you can do. If the panda was escaping from its cage, then that would be a different story. The fence is unsatisfactory.

    You just can't stop stupid people from doing stupid things, nor is it our job.
  14. macrumors 65816


    May 31, 2006
    New York
    Once the Pandas taste human flesh, there is no turning back. Or so I hear.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    You "Play" with a wild animal, you have to take the lumps with it. Ban the nuts from getting near the Panda's for his own safety, since he has NO common sense to stay away.
  16. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Actually the panda is arguably a bear. What the panda really is is a controversy, some think it's related to the raccoon, some think it's a bear, and some think pandas belong to a group entirely its own.

    But the arguments for the panda being a bear seems to be the current winner.

    Apologizes for the interruption, you may go back to your regular programming.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    Aww some of the panda dogs are so cute :)! But honestly, what kind of dog is that? What can you mix to get something like that?

    Regarding the victim, and all the victims before, they're pretty much all idiots. Hugging a wild animal?? Jumping inside to get your kid's toy? Regardless of how cute and cuddly it is, it's still a wild animal. A pretty big one at that. Would you jump into a tiger's cage to shake paws?
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2002
    Which leads to an epidemic of pure pandemonium.
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    I'm no expert. To be honest I saw this in People magazine while at the Dentist.:eek:
  20. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    People still cross roads with water over them, even with signs up and cars floating by. :p

    Gotta protect the idiots too you know.....sadly.
  21. macrumors regular

    william sire

  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    You can't beat Wellington on a good day
    I've been to Beijing Zoo in 2006. At the Panda enclosure there's no fence at all. It's more like a waterless trench with a wall on the visitor's side and a slope on the Panda's side. All someone has to do is jump down approx. 2 meters.

    So there're certainly things that could be done to ensure those things don't happen again.
  23. macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    zoos in general make me sad. and the poor guy is probably angry at being cooped up in a pen.
  24. Moderator emeritus


    Nov 28, 2001
    down in Fraggle Rock
    This guy fell in accidentally.
    Now how he accidentally fell over a 5 foot tall fence I have no idea.


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