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Man Picks Fight With Panda, Gets Taken Down (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A man tried to take on a panda at the Nanchang Zoo in China's Jiangxi province, and got more than he bargained for, on Oct. 27 (video below).

The man, whose last name is Chen, was visiting the zoo with two women, and decided he would try to impress them by sneaking into the panda's pen, according to People's Daily.

Chen woke the sleeping panda, and teased the animal, which grabbed hold of his leg and took him down.

Chen ended up in a wrestling match with the panda, which sat on him and hugged him. Chen was eventually able to escape when the panda rolled over.

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Chen was checked by medical staff, and was found to be uninjured. Nothing was reported about whether the women were impressed.

The zoo manager told Jiangxi Television that Chen was lucky the 264-pound panda, Mei Ling, was only playing with him, or there could have been some serious injuries, reports the South China Morning Post.

The zoo manager added that pandas may look cute, but they have powerful jaws and claws that make them dangerous animals if they become agitated.

To get in the panda pen, Chen climbed over a 4-foot fence, and jumped across a ditch. He then snuck up on the 12-year-old panda, which is about when the video begins.

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According to the zoo manager, pandas often eat rabbits and rodents to supplement their main diet of bamboo leaves.

Because of the potential danger, zookeepers are not supposed to enter the panda pen.

Kuang Huaming, the deputy head of zoo management, told Australia's ABC News:

The young man left the zoo right after he escaped and we could not get in touch with him. According to witnesses, his trousers were torn a little by the panda, but the man should be OK. On the other hand, we also arranged medical checks for the panda and told the breeders to closely observe its condition. So far the panda is fine.

Sources: People's DailySouth China Morning PostABC News / Photo credit: People's Daily, China/YouTube

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