We all knew something like this would happen eventually. The overbranding of franchises like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and other anime products in China has caused the public to completely lose common sense when it comes to animals.
I guess you could call it a perfect marketing campaign. These cutesy portrayals of personified pandas have gone on to replace the proper image of the ferocious beast that lies beneath that black and white fur. I present to you, Exhibit A:
"Panda Bites Student Seeking A Hug" – CNN November 22, 2008
It was only a matter of time, right? This ‘student’ in question was a 20-year old college student not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. So there goes that explanation. Seriously, after this guy was mauled by the panda while breaking into his cage and ‘trying to hug him’ he said:
"Yang Yang was so cute, and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn’t expect he would attack," the 20-year-old student, surnamed Liu, said in a local hospital.
As deserved as China’s bad rap for this is, we Americans are treading a fine line with our own Kung Fu Panda stuff.