Pandas in Baoxing

Wild panda feasts on pork ribs

http://english.ourpanda.com/   2013-06-26 16:34:13     




 
A wild panda ate a pork rib in a sheep pen in Baoxing county, Sichuan province.
The attack on the sheep pen is surprising because wild pandas eating animals instead of bamboo is rare.
The pork rib was part of the flock of LiTingzhong, a farmer in Dongsheng village.
On Feb 4th,LingTingzhong approached the pig pen about 1.5 km from LiTingzhong's home, they heard screams coming from the pigs.
"They found a wild panda holding and gnawing on a pork rib," saidZhengCongjun, an employee of the general office of the Baoxing county forestry bureau.
"As the news of the panda feasting on a lamb spread, more and more villagers arrived at the scene. The panda was terrified at the sight of so many onlookers and fled," he said.
Pandas often visit bamboo rich areas, but this is the first time a panda has attacked a domestic animal, villagers said.
In 1869, Armand David, a French missionary, was the first European to discover the giant panda in Baoxing, and introduce the animal to the West.
Baoxing is home to the State-level Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve and boasts 38 wild pandas according to the third national panda census conducted in 2000.

YA’AN Ya'an is a prefecture-level city in the western part of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China, located just below the Tibetan Plateau.The first giant panda was found in Baoxing County of Ya'an; Ya'an is also the origin of Artificial planting tea of the world; Mengding Mountain in Mingshan County, has been keeping seven tea trees, which are believed to be the origins of tea, for more than 1,000 years.

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Fengtongzhai National Nature Reserve