A giant panda has surprised and delighted residents of a town in China when she went for a stroll down the main street.
Zhen Zhen, an 11-year-old panda was raised in captivity but recently released into the wild. She was then seen roaming down the main road, probably in search of food.
She strolled beside a vegetable garden, trotted across a dirt road and climbed a tree, seemingly unfazed by the attention of a large group of onlookers.
Researchers at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda confirmed the animal was Zhen Zhen – meaning Precious.
Born in 2007 at the San Diego Zoo in the US, she was sent to China in 2010 and released, with a tracking collar, as part of a research project.
After allowing her several hours to explore, the experts sedated and returned her to the Wolong Shenshuping Panda Base, which is part of the world’s largest breeding centre for giant pandas.