Panda wrestles man who broke into zoo enclosure

CHINA (NBC News) — A man sneaked into a giant panda enclosure at a zoo in southeast China last week and ended up wrestling with the bear.

Chinese State Broadcaster CCTV showed surveillance of the incident.

According to CCTV, the man was allegedly showing off for his female friends when he jumped into the enclosure to tease the sleeping panda.

The panda woke up and began to wrestle the man by gripping his leg.

Zoo officials say the move is one pandas use when playing with breeders.

The man’s amusement soon turned to fear, however, when the panda pulled him to the ground.

The man struggled to free himself and was able to escape the panda’s strong grip. Zoo officials say no one, or the panda was injured. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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