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Man bites panda in Beijing zoo as retribution
Drunken migrant worker jumped in cage, was bitten after petting bear
Updated: 10:40 a.m. CT Sept 20, 2006
BEIJING – A drunken Chinese migrant worker jumped into a panda enclosure at the Beijing Zoo, was bitten by the bear and retaliated by chomping down on the animalâ€™s back, state media said Wednesday.
Zhang Xinyan, from the central province of Henan, drank four jugs of beer at a restaurant near the zoo before visiting Gu Gu the panda on Tuesday, the Beijing Morning Post said.
â€œHe felt a sudden urge to touch the panda with his hand,â€ and jumped into the enclosure, the newspaper said.
The panda, who was asleep, was startled and bit Zhang, 35, on the right leg, it said. Zhang got angry and kicked the panda, who then bit his other leg. A tussle ensued, the paper said.
â€œI bit the fellow in the back,â€ Zhang was quoted as saying in the newspaper. â€œIts skin was quite thick.â€
Other tourists yelled for a zookeeper, who got the panda under control by spraying it with water, reports said. Zhang was hospitalized.
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