Pandas continue to fight their way back from near extinction with one wild panda being rescued on Tuesday after falling into a raging river.
The incident occurred at a rural hydro-power station in the Wolong National Nature Reserve, a protected area that is home to over 150 giant pandas. On Tuesday afternoon, one of these graceful animals happened to stumble into a river while trying to cross the water near the power station.
Cell phone camera footage shows the panda struggling to get back on dry land, attempting to scale a wall to a walkway at the water’s edge. Eventually, the panda succeeds in getting out of the river, but then finds itself trapped and exhausted.
To rescue the animal, park police decided to shoot it with tranquilizer darts, NetEase reports. Afterward, officers and workers were able to drag the sleeping 4-year-old giant panda up to safety.
Later, at around 9:30 p.m. that night, it was released back into the wild.
You can watch some footage from the rescue below:
Pandas, what would they do without us?
[Images via China News // Video via CCTV News]