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Sick of lockdown: Panda escapes confinement in Copenhagen zoo

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    Agence France-Presse

Copenhagen, Denmark   /   Tue, June 9, 2020   /   08:35 am
Sick of lockdown: Panda escapes confinement in Copenhagen zoo A picture taken on April 10, 2019 at Copenhagen's zoo shows the panda named Xing Er at an enclosure during the official presentation to the press of two pandas recently arrived from China. Xing Er, a six-year-old male panda -- soon to be seven -- escaped from his enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo on Monday. (Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Mads Claus Rasmussen)

Humans are not the only ones tiring of confinement during the coronavirus pandemic -- a panda escaped from his enclosure at Copenhagen Zoo on Monday.

Xing Er, a six-year-old male panda -- soon to be seven -- then took a tour of the zoo, which was closed at the time. 

He was spotted on a surveillance video "leaving his enclosure, slipping under an electric fence", zoo spokesman Jacob Munkholm Hoeck told AFP. 

The animal wandered around the zoo until an employee noticed it and called a security team. 

"The veterinarian of the zoo anaesthetized the panda and he was brought back to the enclosure," Hoeck said.

"There he was given an antidote and woke up a couple of minutes later."

Xing Er was not harmed and there were no human injuries. 

Bengt Holst, the zoo's chief scientist, said in a statement that security around the enclosure will be "carefully examined" to "make sure (it) doesn't happen again". 

Xing Er and his female mate Mao Sun -- who did not take part in his escape -- arrived in Denmark in April 2019, on loan from the Chinese city of Chengdu.

They are a part of the "panda diplomacy" program set up by China which consists of lending pandas in order to foster relations with trading partners.