A Gansu villager has been awarded compensation in excess of half a million RMB (approximately US$80,000) following an attack by a wild panda last year, reports China Daily.
The incident occurred when local officials chased the wild panda, which had wandered into the local village of Liziba, onto the farmer’s land. The man suffered a nasty bite to the leg, and was treated for seven hours of emergency surgery, but is now still at risk of requiring amputation. The villager was only freed from the panda’s vice-like grip on his leg when a fellow villager threw his coat over the beast’s head.
While the usually cute and affable creature has made headlines recently for its road-crossing antics in Sichuan, this is not the first time a human has incurred the wrath of a panda—a student was bitten after jumping into the bear’s enclosure to give it a cuddle at a zoo in Beijing in 2008. The history of panda-human violence continued last year when a video emerged of a breeder beating up a panda at a research centre in Sichuan.