A wild Giant Panda has shown the phrase “eats shoots & leaves” doesn't always apply to the endangered bears, though it still describes an armed robbery at Panda Express.

Giant Panda Eats Free-Range Goat, Curries No Favor With Farmers

Giant Pandas were recently upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, which is good. A spike in the panda population, on the other hand, could lead to unfortunate interactions between pandas and people. One such incident recently occurred in Muping village, outside the city of Leshan in China's Sichuan province.

Giant Panda Eats Free-Range Goat, Curries No Favor With Farmers

It seems that villagers recorded a solitary panda roaming around in the open early one morning; an unusual occurrence as the creatures are traditionally shy and prefer the security of mountainous forests where tender young bamboo sprouts – their favorite food – tend to grow. Pandas aren't exclusively herbivores, however: they retain much of the bear-like dentition inherited from their omnivorous ancestors and have been known to eat meat if and when the opportunity presents itself, usually by scavenging.

Giant Panda Eats Free-Range Goat, Curries No Favor With Farmers

Not so this bold bear! After the panda had returned to the nearby forest, an area farmer noticed one of his free-ranging goats had been killed and eaten. Indeed, the perp left little more than fur, skin and bones! The local forest bureau analyzed some excrement found near the crime and confirmed the presence of a panda. Echoes of Jurassic Park... though Giant Pandas are still way cuddlier than a T Rex.

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