Terrified Panda Hugging Police Officer’s Leg After an Earthquake: Facts


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Terrified Panda Hugging Police Officer's Leg After an Earthquake

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Terrified Panda Hugging Police Officers Leg After an Earthquake

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Scared Panda Hugs Zookeeper’s Leg after Earthquake

Analysis:

A heart-warming picture that appears online quite often comes with a claim that the terrified Panda is hugging a Police officer’s leg after an Earthquake that hit Japan in March 2011. The ‘touching’ photograph of the poor frightened panda in fact became a standard image of tragedy on social networks, but as such the Earthquake disaster claim is a hoax.

Picture of Giant Panda holding around its Feeder
Giant Panda holding around its Feeder
Picture of Giant Panda holding around its Feeder
Giant Panda holding around its Feeder

The photograph of the cute Panda holding a man’s leg is actually an old one that was published in Chinese website China.eastday.com back on 5 Jan. 2006. As a matter of fact, the giant Panda is holding a feeder’s legs at the Chinese Giant Panda Protection Center in Wolong, in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, on 4 Jan. 2006. At the time, the Chinese mainland was to present a selected pair of giant pandas to Taiwanese compatriots as a symbol of peace, unity and friendship. You can see few other pictures from the scene.

Picture of Giant Panda holding around its Feeder
Giant Panda holding around its Feeder

So the photograph of Panda hugging a man’s leg is real, but the associated context of terror after earthquake is a hoax.

Hoax or Fact:

Partially Fact.

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