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Panda bite is a mark of honor

By Huang Zhiling (China Daily)

09:38, March 19, 2012

Liu Yunkang has been bitten several times by dogs, but he never expected to be bitten by a panda.

"I am fortunate to have been bitten by China's national treasure that people from around the world come a long way to see," joked the 59-year-old farmer from Nanyue village in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province.

At noon on Friday, a wild panda came down from the mountain to the village at around 1,200 meters above sea level on the banks of the Longxi River.

"It walked about 100 and 200 meters before crossing the river to reach the mountain slope on the other side," said Yang Guoxiang, a 65-year-old villager who was the first to spot the panda.

Planting potatoes in her fields, Yang called her husband Wu Tianfu who happened to see Liu Yunkang riding a motorbike nearby.

Because the panda was very dirty and walked very slowly, Wu and Liu thought it might have been sick and decided to drive it back down the mountainside so that villagers could help it.

"Staff members of the Longxi-Hongkou National Nature Preserve have told villagers time and again to report sick and injured pandas," Wu told China Daily on Sunday.

The pursued panda became nervous and turned round and bit Liu's left leg when the farmer got too close and touched its head. It then disappeared into the forest.

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