A little girl had been rescued after falling into a panda enclosure at a reserve in south-west China. Dramatic footage on Saturday shows a security guard trying to reach the girl, dressed in red, with a pole before leaning through a gap to pull her up as three giant pandas approached her.
The unnamed girl, who appears to be aged around five, fell about two metres (6.5 feet) into a trench around the perimeter of the panda enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, according to Chinese media. Luckily, the pandas appeared to be only curious and made no attempt to attack the child. As horrified visitors watched on, the security guard leaned through a gap in the fence to grab the girl’s hand and pulled her to safety, despite losing his cap in the process.
The girl had been sitting on the fence, which was about a metre (3.3 feet) high, when she fell backwards into the enclosure, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The girl was not injured and the cause of the incident was still under investigation, it added.
Following the incident, the research base issued a reminder on Weibo to warn visitors not to trespass the safety mark in the centre.
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