‘Ni hao, panda’: Chinese Mailman Bumps into a Wild Panda on His Way to Work

A postal worker had a very unexpected and rare encounter with one of the cuddliest and most peaceful-looking animals in the world — an actual wild panda — while on his way to work in Northwest China one day.

The man, only identified by his surname Ma, was riding his motorbike through Xi’an Heihe National Forest Park in Shaanxi province, China one day when he accidentally encountered a giant wild panda in the trees.

 

After noticing the cuddly, furry creature Ma decided to stop and greet the panda with a cheerful “Ni hao, panda,” according to Shanghaiist. But the animal did not receive it as a kind gesture and instead quickly tried to get away from the man.

Ma continued to film the panda as it tried to run away for a minute, and then continued on with his day.

He then told reporters that in his 24 years of service in his job, this was the first time he had experienced this kind of encounter with the animal, which is now no longer deemed as “endangered” but considered as “vulnerable,” as said by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons / Chen Wu (CC BY 2.0)

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