‘Houdini’ panda panics zoo-goers after jumping from enclosure in daring escape

A cheeky panda pulled a Harry Houdini act escaping from his zoo enclosure in China.

Animal lovers were ordered to move away from black and white Menglan, who thought he had climbed to freedom earlier this week.

This is the second time in Menglan's young life that he has charmed the public in a viral video after hilariously defying his carer's instructions five years ago.

On Wednesday a zoo-goer filmed the bear reach the top of his wall at Beijing Zoo and contemplate jumping before clocking the dramatic drop below.

Another series of images however prove Menglan eventually found a way out and adorably lowered himself down the other side of a glass fence.

As a crowd gathered to watch and record Menglan plot his break away, members of serious-looking zoo staff rushed to clear the area to give him some space.

Instead of using the evacuated footpath, the bear turned around and sought out another route of escape.

The temptation of food was enough to lure the adventurous male panda bear back to his enclosure to end his short-lived spell roaming free, The Sun reports.

Beijing Zoo says changes will be made to Menglan's enclosure so they do not find themselves chasing after him again.

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The free-spirited youngster was born in July 2015 as part of a programme at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base.

Menglan was transferred over 1,000 miles north east to the Beijing zoo a couple of years later after the centre was accused of mistreating him, MailOnline reports.

When he was only around a year old, a funny video shared in 2016 showed Menglan behaving like a naughty toddler when interacting with his keeper at Chengdu.

China's CCTV News uploaded the clip to YouTube, where Menglan responded to claims he is too fat by making an "un-huh" sound.

The fluffy bear could also be seen refusing to move when told to do so.

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Panda breeding is proving successful in China which earlier this year removed giant pandas from its list of endangered species.

According to Beijing 1,800 pandas now live in the wild so they are 'vulnerable' as opposed to 'endangered' – a status they had held since 1990.

Thanks to more than 30 years of conservation work, the panda population has boomed and in just the last decade, the number living wild in China has shot up by almost 20%.

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