Monday, 16 March 2015

Chinese man wins payout over panda bite

Chinese man attacked by wild panda wins £56,000 compensation

12:26PM GMT 16 Mar 2015

A Chinese man who sued local government officials over an attack by a wild panda has won more than £56,000 in compensation, his lawyer said on Monday.

The animals are renowned for their lovable appearance but despite their placid, bamboo-chewing image they are members of the bear family and have a fearsome bite.

The animal wandered into Liziba village, in the northwestern province of Gansu, where local officials trying to capture it chased it onto Guan Quanzhi's land, the Lanzhou Evening News reported.

"I saw a panda jump out in front of me, its body completely covered in mud," he told the newspaper.

The creature bit him in the leg and only released its grip when another villager covered its head with a coat, the report said, and the incident in March last year left Guan with injuries requiring seven hours of surgery.

The panda escaped.

Guan's son sued local forestry officials and the nearby Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve, which is home to more than 100 wild pandas.

Following "negotiations", officials agreed to pay compensation of 520,000 yuan (£56,000), his lawyer Wang Chaohui told AFP.

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