WARNING: A wild, goat-eating giant panda is on the loose in the backwoods of Sichuan province.
Last Wednesday, residents of Muping village outside of Leshan spotted a wild panda wandering around near town for 20 minutes. Before disappearing back into wilderness, the panda apparently attacked a villager’s goat, leaving behind only bloody fur, skin and bones.
The local forestry bureau responded, collecting excrement samples and confirming that the goat-eater had now returned back to its mountainous habitat. They failed to say whether they think it will return to kill again.
At the end of 2014, China had an estimated 1,864 giant pandas living in the wild, an increase from around 1,100 in 2000, which got them taken off the endangered species list.
Though giant pandas are primarily vegetarians, they still retain the ursine teeth of their omnivorous evolutionary ancestors, and will occassionally make use of them.
Let’s just hope they never acquire a taste for human flesh.
[Images via China News]
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