Ten people have been held in China on suspicion of hunting a panda to sell its fur and meat.
The adult female panda was shot dead by two brothers in Zhaotong of China. Police discovered the panda’s skin and 9.75 kg of meat in a raid in December.
Panda’s are seen as a national treasure and so poaching of the endangered animals is rare.
One Chinese man said, “To the Chinese, giant panda is more than an animal. It’s a spiritual symbol. The case needs to be dealt with severely to stop any further incidents like this.”
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature lists giant pandas as endangered. In 2014, there were only 1,864 wild pandas left in China.
The two hunters and one person who bought the panda meat were all those arrested. Hunting pandas can lead to a 10-year sentence life imprisonment or even a death sentence.