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Animal rescuers go bananas to save Chinese panda

On Tuesday, animal rescuers from a village in southwest China spent hours trying to coax a giant panda off of a 50-meter- high cliff. Luckily, the promise of a tasty treat was enough to lure the panda to safety.

Villagers from the small town of E'bian County, in the Sichuan province, spotted the bear early on Friday. When the scared animal remained stranded over the weekend, community members, frightened to get too close to the rare species, called on wildlife experts, CBS affiliate Channel 9 reports.

One worker told the news source, "The panda is China's national treasure. Nobody dared to touch it."

After spending about seven hours trying to secure the giant creature, a single banana proved to be the too tempting for the panda to resist.

Eventually, the animal, estimated to be about 3 or 4 years old, was lured to safety and was able to climb off of the mountain.

The creatures is an endangered species, as there are only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild, mostly concentrated in Sichuan. About 120 more are being held in Chinese zoos and animal rescue breeding centers and 20 populate zoos abroad.
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