Police in China Nab 10 in Killing of Giant Panda
Raid on home turns up panda meat and pelts
By Alex Tirpack,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2015 5:53 PM CDT
A giant panda named Tian Tian is seen exploring her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo.   (AP Photo/Scott Heppell/, File)

(Newser) – There is now one less giant panda in the world. China Central Television reports that police have arrested 10 people suspected in the killing and dismemberment of a protected wild panda, including two brothers said to have been the ones who actually killed the animal. Acting on a tip, police in Yunnan province raided a home and found panda meat, bones, and fur. They say the brothers sold about 77 pounds of meat and all four of the animal's paws to one merchant for $800, who then sold the parts to other buyers, reports AP.

The brothers told police they were hunting for a wild animal that had killed one of their goats, NBC News reports. After spotting what they claim they thought was merely "a large animal" in a tree, the brothers shot and injured the bear. Police say they then fatally shot the wounded female, despite knowing it was a panda. If convicted, the suspects—both the hunters and the merchants—could face years in prison. Only about 1,800 giant pandas exist in the wild, making the black market for them lucrative.