Animal loving netizens are up in arms after a video emerged showing panda handlers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, allegedly abusing cubs.
The video, taken at the famed Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in July, went viral this week. It appears to show staff members dragging and throwing energetic cubs as they try to escape their pen.
Chinese netizens have raised concerns, with some accusing the center of animal cruelty.
The facility pointed out that panda cubs are strong and can be violent, but ultimately criticized the actions of the workers and promised to re-educate them, state media Xinhua reports.
However, Guo Jingpeng, one of the panda keepers in the video, defended his actions, saying he was pushing the bear away out of “instinct” as it had bitten him during feeding.
The giant panda is a highly protected species and considered a symbol of China.
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The year just gone was packed with happenings, big and small, in China. Some were good, but a whole lot were bad. Let’s have a look at China’s big news events of 2017.
International tourists transiting through Beijing can now enjoy visa-free stopovers of up to six days.
US coffee giants Starbucks is opening a new store in China every 15 hours.
Much of China’s table tissues and toilet paper do not meet minimum safety standards, according to a government-led survey.
Katy Perry will be absent from today’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai as the Chinese authorities denied her a visa, reportedly because she has shown support for Taiwanese independence.
Alibaba’s Double 11 shopping frenzy broke last year’s record at the half way mark, bringing in a total of RMB 168.2 billion (USD 25 billion).
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