An adorable, trouble-making red panda retained its composure as it was lifted up by rescue personnel after loitering in a residential neighborhood of Kunming for hours and evading authorities by perching atop a high tree.
The visitor with golden fur, black legs and white circular patterns on its tail was first found outside the parking basement of a villa in the Bo Yuan Shi Jia Xiao Qu district. It ran and stopped at a piece of grassland nearby, attracting the attention of residents. An old man then caught the red panda by a fish net, although the creature managed to use its sharp claws to break the net. It then snuck out and climbed to the top of a tree nearby.
An eight-year-old boy called the police saying that a red panda had been found. The red panda stayed on the top of the tree at a height of 7 metres as rescuers considered blowing anaesthesia needles to the top.
Police brought in an animal expert from the Yunnan Wild Animals Rescue Shelter who climbed up top to use his bamboo stick to poke the red panda. Eventualy, a fireman on an aerial ladder caught the panda’s tail quickly when it fell and brought it back to the ground.
Red pandas are second class protected animals in China. They’re never usually spotted in Kunming as they live near the Salween River in Yunnan. The animal expert believes that the red panda was caught and kept by some people secretly.
The red panda is now being kept at the Yunnan Wild Animals Rescue Shelter, after which it will be sent back to its natural habitat.
[Images Via Sina China]
By Jennifer Hui