Saturday 24 February 2018

Some 10 poachers arrested for killing endangered female giant panda

Police in south-western China have arrested 10 people for killing a female giant panda, an endangered species that tops the country's list of protected animals.

China Central Television said that forest police in Yunnan province recovered panda skin, panda meat, bones and an internal organ from the poachers.

If convicted, the suspects could be jailed for years.

A recent census shows the wild panda population grew by 268 to a total of 1,864 in China since the last survey ending in 2003.

Poaching is limited and is not believed to be a major threat to the panda population. Their parts are believed to fetch high prices on the black market however because of their rarity.

Press Association

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