WATCH: Tourists Banned for Life for Feeding Pandas

By Billy Jiang, August 28, 2023

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Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding issued a public notice on August 27, stating that two visitors were caught feeding pandas without authorization during their visit to the facility. 

Video depicting a visitor throwing a piece of bamboo shoot to a Panda at the base. Video via Sina Weibo 四川日报

As a result, both individuals have been permanently banned from entering the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, including the Panda Valley.

A male visitor named Han, 39 years old, was observed feeding bamboo shoots to a young panda in the activity area of the young panda villa at 2.20pm on August 26. 

A female visitor named Liang, 51 years old, was witnessed feeding peanuts to a young panda in the same area at 3pm the same day. 

In both cases, staff members intervened, removing the foreign objects, and clearing the area. 

A thorough examination and observation confirmed that the health of the affected pandas remained normal. 

The Panda Breeding Base made assurances that they will continue to monitor the well-being of every panda under their care, ensuring their health and safety.

Improper feeding of animals in zoos can lead to irreversible consequences. 

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Pallas's cat in Xining Zoo. Image via Sina Weibo 西宁野生动物园

An unfortunate incident occurred on October 2022 at Xining Zoo, Qinghai Province, where the only captive Pallas's cat in China choked to death on a piece of chicken bone while being fed.

READ MORE: WATCH: Hungry Tiger Goes Veggie at Guangzhou Zoo

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[Cover image via Sina Weibo Sichuan Daily]

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