January 10, 2009

Gu Gu Goes Gonzo on Stupid Human

This has zero to do with music but it was the first news story I read today and the press quotes rule.

A dumb dumb of an adult couldn't just leave a stuffed Panda he and his son had accidentally tossed into Gu Gu the panda's pen at the Beijing Zoo so he climbed over the protective barrier to retrieve it - only to realize he couldn't climb back out again. Oops.

And then the carnage began:

"The 240-pound giant panda sunk his teeth into Zhang's left leg before moving on to the right leg.

"The panda is a national treasure, and I love and respect [him], so I didn't fight back," Zhang said. "The panda didn't let go until it chewed up my leg and its mouth was dripping with my blood."

Zookeepers needed to use tools to pry open Gu Gu's jaws.

Zhang said he never imagined a panda could be so vicious.

"I always thought they were cute and just ate bamboo," Zhang said.

"Normally, we think the panda is very tender animal, but actually it's a bear, not a cat. If the animal thinks it will be hurt by human beings, it is very dangerous.""

PS: A year earlier, state media reported that a drunken tourist tried to hug the panda, who bit him. In an odd twist, the tourist reportedly bit back.

I could play a Panda Bear live clip (the Animal Collective dude) or something but this is so much cooler.


  1. This made my afternoon complete.

  2. "I always thought they were cute and just ate bamboo,"

    Bamboo is used to build scaffolding in China and Japan - the same way they use steel scaffolding here. He might as well have said

    "I thought they were cute and could bit through steel."