‘Panda cruelty’ video goes viral in China
China / July 31, 2017

Outrage is growing in China over a video that appears to show mistreatment of two giant panda babies at a famed research facility in Chengdu. In the video, which has since gone viral, a staff member can be seen “dragging and throwing” the cubs. The incident has drawn criticism from Chinese netizens, who have raised concerns about animal cruelty. However, panda keeper Guo Jingpeng defended himself saying the cubs were being violent. Mr Guo told state news agency Xinhua that what is not shown in the video is that he was bitten during a feeding. “The cub bit my hand really hard. Its teeth cut into my flesh and my hand started bleeding,” he said, adding that his hand still remained scarred. “When it tried to bite me again, I pushed it away out of instinct.”  Image captionThe panda keeper at the heart of the scandal has defended himself Mr Guo also said he felt he had been wronged by the footage being circulated online this week, which was recorded earlier in July. “The online community claims we don’t love pandas. But we choose to stay and work here because we love these creatures,” he told local media. “I just…