Three panda keepers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding have been accused of mistreating China’s most adorable national treasure after being caught on video handling some cubs a bit roughly.
In the two-minute video, posted online by Weibo user “Yixilian” who visited the base on July 12th, the keepers are seen dragging the cubs, throwing them and slamming them to the floor. The Weibo user said that he “couldn’t bear” to see the cubs treated this way and many fellow netizens have agreed, accusing the keepers of abusing the animals.
Watch the video below:
The breeding center has since responded to the controversial footage, explaining that the workers were simply trying to prevent the cubs from escaping from their pen. A staff member said that the cubs had been particularly excited that day, biting and scratching their keepers, adding that the video takes the workers’ actions out of context. One of the keepers even showed off a nasty bite mark that was still present on his hand more than a week later.
However, the director of the base still said that the three keepers had been reprimanded for their rough treatment of the cubs, explaining that they would be instructed on how to deal with the situation with a more gentle approach next time around.
Though, we have to admit, we do feel sympathy for the keepers. Pandas might be cute, but they are also deadly.
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