Watch a Wild Panda Narrowly Escape Death in a Raging River

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.

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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.

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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:

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