Giant panda Meng Lan breaks out of his enclosure in front of visitors at Beijing Zoo [Video]

Panda-monium: Giant panda Meng Lan breaks out of his enclosure in front of visitors at Beijing Zoo

  • Meng Lan was born in July 2015 at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base, China
  • He was transferred in September 2017 after the breeding centre mistreated him
  • Zookeepers lured six-year-old Meng Lan back to his enclosure using food


This is the moment a giant panda broke out of his enclosure in front of visitors at a Beijing Zoo. 

The video was captured on December 15 and features six-year-old panda Meng Lan.  

The video shows him climbing and poking his head over the wall of his habitat as stunned tourists crowd around and record the animal.

This is the incredible moment a giant panda broke out of his enclosure in front of visitors at a Beijing Zoo

The video was captured on December 15 and features Meng Lan, a panda born in July 2015 in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base

The video was captured on December 15 and features Meng Lan, a panda born in July 2015 in Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base

Meng Lan was transferred to the zoo in Beijing, China, in September 2017 after the breeding centre was accused of mistreating him

Meng Lan was transferred to the zoo in Beijing, China, in September 2017 after the breeding centre was accused of mistreating him

A Chinese official in uniform then encourages people watching to move away from the area. 

The end of the video shows pictures of Meng Lan climbing over a different metal fence. 

Moments later, Meng Lan made it to the ground and briefly tasted freedom before zookeepers lured him back to his enclosure with food.

Meng Lan was transferred to the zoo in Beijing, China, in September 2017 after the breeding centre was accused of mistreating him. 

Meng Lan has a long history of naughty behaviour at Beijing Zoo and staff have said they will adapt the six-year-old’s habitat to prevent future escapes.

The video shows him climbing and poking his head over the wall of his habitat as stunned tourists crowd around and record the animal

The video shows him climbing and poking his head over the wall of his habitat as stunned tourists crowd around and record the animal

Moments later, Meng Lan made it to the ground and briefly tasted freedom before zookeepers lured him back to his enclosure with food

Moments later, Meng Lan made it to the ground and briefly tasted freedom before zookeepers lured him back to his enclosure with food

And this isn’t the first time the cheeky panda has hit the headlines. 

Hilarious footage from 2016 showed funny interactions between Meng Lan and his keeper at the breeding centre in south-west China.

In the video, uploaded by China’s CCTV News to YouTube, the man nagged the panda for being too fat and the animal made an ‘un-huh’ sound whenever he was being complained at.

Later, the fluffy bear refused to move forward in protest to the keeper.

It comes as China removed giant pandas from its list of endangered species earlier this year after the number living in the wild increased.

There are now 1,800 pandas living in the wild, according to Beijing, meaning the species is classified as ‘vulnerable’ instead of ‘endangered’.

Pandas were first listed as ‘endangered’ in 1990, but more than 30 years of conservation work has seen their numbers swell.

In the last decade alone, the number of pandas living wild in China has increased by almost 20 per cent.