Upsetting footage shows apparent assault on the animal
Upsetting footage of a tourist throwing rocks at a giant panda in Beijing Zoo in an attempt to ‘wake it up,’ has gone viral on social media.
The incident, which was filmed by an eyewitness, shows the rock being launched at the animal who was sleeping inside the enclosure.
The eyewitness also alleged they saw two people assaulting the animal with stones during her visit on Saturday.
The video was uploaded onto China’s Twitter-like social media platform Weibo by an angry Panda fan.
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The animal lover claimed to have seen two people throwing stones into the panda pavilion in the space of 30 minutes.
In the clip, the stone is seen hitting the panda, but the second culprit, who was not filmed, threw a larger piece of rock, the eyewitness told The Beijing News.
The tourists had intended to wake up the panda with the rocks, she added.
The panda was not hurt, according to the Zoo.
Eyewitnesses urged the zoo to increase its facilities to protect the panda better.
The incident reportedly took place inside the zoo’s old panda pavilion.
The panda, nicknamed Meng Da, was well and not affected by the incident, Beijing Zoo said.
Beijing News reported that the keepers immediately attended the scene to stop tourists from throwing objects and food at animals.
The zoo added that Meng Da had been eating, excreting, moving around and playing as usual, according to a post on its official Weibo account t.
The zoo said it now plans to renovate the panda pavilion’s ‘stadium.’
It also urged visitors to observe animals in a ‘civilized’ manner.
Pandas, who are known for their low motion and lazy daily routine, are a symbol of China.
The animals spend half their day eating, and the other half sleeping.
The giant panda was removed from the endangered species list in 2016 by The International Union for Conservation of Nature after years of intensive conservation efforts led by Chinese experts.