CHINA — A giant panda was caught on video attacking cameras used to observe the animals that live on a Chinese nature reserve. The big animal is suspected of stealing an infrared camera and damaging two others. It had no idea that its "criminal acts" were captured by one of the damaged cameras.
Nature reserve officials released the video this week. The "evidence" was gathered between November of last year and February this year. Two days after the panda's first appearance on camera, the suspect took action.
On the first day of the new year, the panda walked over for a closer look. It nudged the infrared camera with its fluffy head, apparently seeing its reflection in the lens.
The camera slightly resembles a robotic head so the panda may have seen it as a threat pressing its head against the camera. Another panda was captured by infrared cameras in another location.
But that panda sat peacefully on the ground for a while, with its back turned to the lens.