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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:52 pm

Panda bites man, man bites panda back at Beijing zoo

Updated 9/20/2006 8:00 AM

By Greg Baker, AP

BEIJING (AP) — 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 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."

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Postby Coppermine » Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:59 pm

Are panda's really bears? I thought they were like big raccoons or somethings?

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Postby Coppermine » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:01 pm

Scratch that, according to wikipedia, they're definitely bears.

So, it's probably not a good idea to go around biting them.
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Postby Tavish » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:18 pm

Coppermine wrote:Scratch that, according to wikipedia, they're definitely bears.

So, it's probably not a good idea to go around biting them.


I don't trust wikipedia, I'm pretty sure they are giant racoons.
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Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:39 pm

Tavish wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Scratch that, according to wikipedia, they're definitely bears.

So, it's probably not a good idea to go around biting them.


I don't trust wikipedia, I'm pretty sure they are giant racoons.


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Postby Madison » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:34 pm

Had the panda ate him, this story would be better. :-b
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed Sep 20, 2006 7:46 pm

I got my weenie dog drunk the other day.
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Postby Howie » Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:27 pm

Simulacrum wrote:I got my weenie dog drunk the other day.


Did you bite it?
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Sep 21, 2006 11:15 am

Thats an awesome story. ...

Some of his quotes are great.

Apparently there is debate over whether they are bears or racoons.

http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/giant-panda.cfm


Panda Bears are very hard to classify and there is much debate among scientists and taxonomists on where to classify them. To make a long story short, the Giant Panda Bear is extremely close to both bears and raccoons anatomically, and behaviorally. Although it may be hard for many of you to look at a picture of a Panda Bear and see the resemblance of a raccoon. To make it easier, take a look at a RED PANDA or “Lesser Panda”. Scientists are constantly going back and forth discussing the connection and classification of these two “ Panda Bears”. To me and you, it is obvious that Panda Bears look more like bears than raccoons, but to a taxonomist it is much more complex. I’ll leave the details of this to another article.
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Postby 1337_Dude » Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:30 pm

acsguitar wrote:Thats an awesome story. ...

Some of his quotes are great.

Apparently there is debate over whether they are bears or racoons.

http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/giant-panda.cfm


Panda Bears are very hard to classify and there is much debate among scientists and taxonomists on where to classify them. To make a long story short, the Giant Panda Bear is extremely close to both bears and raccoons anatomically, and behaviorally. Although it may be hard for many of you to look at a picture of a Panda Bear and see the resemblance of a raccoon. To make it easier, take a look at a RED PANDA or “Lesser Panda”. Scientists are constantly going back and forth discussing the connection and classification of these two “ Panda Bears”. To me and you, it is obvious that Panda Bears look more like bears than raccoons, but to a taxonomist it is much more complex. I’ll leave the details of this to another article.

They are bears. There I've laid to rest years of debate.
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