You just never see these things coming:
Gu Gu is not your typical soft and cuddly giant panda.It's a goddamned bear! What did you expect: a rub down and a shiatsu? And my favorite part of this story isn't that he was able to fall over a five foot wall into the panda enclosure (he's Chinese: how tall can he be?) but that he didn't fight back because he loved and respected the panda too much as it was savagely shredding his legs. Social Darwinism strikes again.
Zhang Jiao was attacked by Gu Gu the panda when he fell into the pen at the Beijing Zoo on Wednesday.
For the third time, he's tasted the flesh of an unwitting intruder in his pen at the Beijing Zoo.
His most recent victim was 28-year-old Zhang Jiao, who told CNN he fell into the panda pen Wednesday while trying to catch a small toy thrown by his young son.
"My son and I were playing with a panda doll, throwing it to each other, when I dropped with the toy" into the pen, Zhang said.
The barrier around the pen is about 5 feet tall, but on the other side is a drop of 9 to 10 feet, and Zhang says he could not climb out.
That's when Gu Gu went on the attack.
The 240-pound giant panda sunk his teeth into Zhang's left leg before moving on to the right leg.
"The panda is a national treasure, and I love and respect [him], so I didn't fight back," Zhang said. "The panda didn't let go until it chewed up my leg and its mouth was dripping with my blood."
Zookeepers needed to use tools to pry open Gu Gu's jaws.
Zhang said he never imagined a panda could be so vicious.
"I always thought they were cute and just ate bamboo," Zhang said.