Image: A man attacked by panda Gu Gu
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A man attacked by a zoo panda named Gu Gu shows his wounded legs in a hospital in Beijing on Thursday. Beijing zoo officials said this marks the third time that Gu Gu has attacked a zoo visitor. This time, the man jumped into the panda's pen to retrieve a toy his son had dropped.
updated 1/8/2009 5:40:11 PM ET 2009-01-08T22:40:11

Officials at the Beijing Zoo are considering changes to keep visitors away from Gu Gu the panda.

For the third time, the panda has attacked a visitor who climbed into its space.

Officials say a man climbed a nearly 5-foot-high barrier to retrieve a toy dropped by his 5-year-old son.

A spokeswoman says Gu Gu, which weighs 240 pounds, clamped down on the intruder's leg and refused to let go.

Zookeepers had to use tools to pry open the animal's jaws. The victim suffered damage to major ligaments and is recovering from surgery.

In October, Gu Gu bit a teen intruder. And in 2007, he bit a drunken tourist who jumped into his pen and tried to hug him. The tourist retaliated by biting the bear in the back.

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