One wild panda was rescued from the dangers of a raging river in China on Tuesday.
According to Shanghaiist
, the incident took place at a rural hydro-power station located in the Wolong National Nature Reserve.
The reserve is a protected area in Sichuan’s Wenchuan County. About 150 highly-endangered giant pandas thrive within its confines.
The 4-year-old panda fell into the river while trying to make its way above.
As seen in one footage, the troubled panda successfully saves itself from drowning, but becomes trapped on a walkway.
Saving the anxious panda was not an easy task. As per NetEase
, authorities shot the animal with tranquilizer darts, lulling it to sleep.
Park staff then took the panda to safety. It was freed into the wild around 9:30 p.m. on the same day.
It breaks our hearts to hear sad panda stories
, so we’re really glad this one had a happy ending.
Watch a part of the epic rescue below: