Following horrific stories of dog-slaughtering rings and animal trafficking in recent months, it appears as though China’s most prized creature, the giant panda, has been added to the list of hunted animals.
According to China Daily, police arrested ten suspects from the Longtai village of Hunan for hunting China’s “national treasure”, and seized panda pelt, bones, bile and meat weighing around 9.75 kg.
Two of the suspects, brothers surnamed Wang, are reported to have killed a male panda last April before selling its meat to a vendor surnamed Wu.
Police officers also found panda footprints and feces in the village, marking the first time traces of the giant panda have been found in Yunnan province.
[Images via Tencent]
By Sharon Choi