A Chinese student scaled a two-metre barrier to get to a panda that then attacked him. The 20-year-old man ignored warning signs and was bitten on the arms and legs before being rescued by the animal’s keepers. Two foreign visitors who saw the incident alerted keepers who rushed to the student’s rescue and calmed the panda.

The man was taken to hospital and underwent an operation. Doctors said he would stay in hospital for a few days, although his life was not in danger. Speaking from his hospital bed, the injured man said “Yang Yang [the panda] was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him,” he told Xinhua from his hospital bed. “I didn’t expect he would attack… I don’t remember how many bites I got.”

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