Beijing Zoo has promised to improve security around its giant panda enclosure after stones where hurled at Meng Da, one of its residents.
A video of the incident on Saturday was posted to Weibo, China's version of Twitter, where it drew more than 100 million hits.
It showed Meng Da sitting in the enclosure when a stone appeared to bounce next to him and stop close by. The startled panda paused then went to examine the object.
Visitors asked, "Who threw the stone?", but no-one identified the stone thrower. Beijing News reported that a bigger stone struck Meng Da about 30 minutes later.
The report quoted the person who shot the video as saying the culprits threw objects to "wake the panda up".
On Weibo, Beijing Zoo assured panda lovers that Meng Da was unhurt and unruffled by the stone-throwing. The zoo promised to improve panda house security and inspections.
On social media, there were calls for better protection for China's national symbol in zoos. "How dare they hurt our lovable national treasure?" one Weibo user demanded to know.
"The zoo should build a glass wall to protect the panda," another said. "Those tourists should be blacklisted and punished."
In July last year, visitors to a reserve in Foping county, Hanzhong, Shaanxi province, were asked to leave and blacklisted after throwing stones at a panda, CCTV News reported.
In April last year, a 12-year-old kangaroo in Fuzhou Zoo, Fujian province, was fatally injured after visitors hurled bricks and chunks of concrete at her.
Beijing municipality law forbids threatening or injuring zoo and park animals on pain of a 100 yuan fine (US$15) and offenders may face criminal charges.
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