Boy's arm ripped off by bear in China zoo

Boy's arm ripped off by bear in China zoo

A bear bit off the arm of a boy after he tried to feed it at a zoo in China.

According to, the 9-year-old boy was wondering through the zoo section of Pingdingshan's Hebin Park and came upon a black bear cage.

The boy, Cong Cong then decided to feed the bear and climbed over the guard railing and reached into the bear's cage to feed it some food.

However, the bear attacked the boy and bit his arm off before he could escape.

During the struggle, the boy managed to free himself but most of his arm remained with the bear.

Fortunately, a woman who witnessed the scene came to the boy's aid while park authorities arrived on the scene much later.

The boy's parents later arrived at the scene to find their son in shock, with his arm nearly completely ripped off.

The dismembered arm was still in the bear's cage.

He was then rushed to the hospital but little could be done to salvage his right arm, which had to be amputated.

The park contributed 8,000 RMB for emergency rescue and hospital treatment but none of the park officials visited him in the hospital.

At the time of the attack, park authorities said that the worker responsible was on an inspection tour.

When he heard the cries for help, he hurried to the scene to administer first aid.

Later, he waited until the bear was calmer and ducked into the bear's cage retrieve the dismembered arm.

The bear has since been moved to a closed room, and will not be shown to tourists.

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