Pandas: Not really that cuddly

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If you’re old enough to read this blog (Rated I for Immature), you’re old enough to learn that despite their adorable droopy eyes and fuzzy appearance, panda bears are not actually fond of cuddling with humans.

pandaVia Jaelynn, we learn that a 20-year-old Chinese man learned that particular life lesson the hard way after he climbed into the panda cage at a zoo in southern China and attempted to get his snuggle on:

The 20-year-old male student surnamed Liu jumped over the fence at the zoo in the tourist city of Guilin, ignoring warning signs not to, Xinhua news agency said.

“The panda, named Yangyang, was wide awake. Apparently scared by the intruder, he bit at Liu’s arms and legs,” it quoted an unnamed worker as saying after zoo keepers managed to calm the bear and rescue Liu, the report said.

“Yangyang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him,” Liu was quoted as saying from his hospital bed. “I didn’t expect he would attack.”

No worries, Liu — it’s a simple mistake. I mean, it’s not like they’re bears or anything.

To guard against similar events in the future, zookeepers have installed an English language sign that reads:

“Please Not To Grundle Panda. They Are Eating You.”

Panda attacks man who wanted a cuddle [Reuters]

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One response to “Pandas: Not really that cuddly

  1. Esquire

    Maybe he wasn’t aware they recently requalified pandas as actual bears. Maybe he was still under the mistaken belief they were related to raccoons. And maybe he’s a fan of raccoon snuggling.

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