Terrified Panda Hugging Police Officer’s Leg After Earthquake: Fact Check


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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

Fact Check:

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. Nonetheless, the claim about linking the incident to Earthquake disaster 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

Not Terrified Panda Hugging Police Officer’s Leg

The photograph of the cute Panda holding a man’s leg is actually an old one. It appeared on Chinese website China.eastday.com back on 5 Jan. 2006. The giant Panda was in fact 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. In this article, 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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Giant panda couple for Taiwan to be unveiled Jan. 6


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Prashanth Damarla
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