China: Girl rescued after falling into panda enclosure

Little girl falls into panda pen in Chengdu lives to tell the tale
Fortunately she was not made of bamboo

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Alex Linder

Little girl falls into panda pen in Chengdu lives to tell the tale Fortunately she was not made of bamboo by Alex Linder

A young girl was rescued after falling into a panda enclosure in southwest China, state media reported on Sunday. The pandas at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province were curious about their new visitor, video suggests, but didn't hurt the girl.

At first, a security guard tries to pull the girl up with a pole, but she is unable to hold her weight.

The spill happened after the girl climbed the enclosure wall to get a better view of the animals, according to The Independent.

Then, as a third panda appears to close in on the little girl, the guard abandons the pole and reaches down to grab the terrified girl's hand and pull her to safety.

Despite the girl's ordeal, a member of staff defended the safety measures in place at the reserve.

The video footage, however, shows the fence is only about a metre high with plenty of gaps that a small child could easily squeeze through.

According to a China Daily report, the warning by the non-profit research facility is to inform people that, Pandas are not as "meek" and "docile" as they seem to be. The girl, meanwhile, was reunited with her parents and sent to a hospital for examination.

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