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Panda wrestles intruder at Chinese zoo - video

Man escaped with torn trousers after reportedly trying to impress female friends - and other tall tales

Our pick of the strange stories from around the world.

Bear-knuckle fighting

An unidentified man has been caught on camera wrestling with a giant panda at a zoo in Nanchang City, China. The man, who reportedly climbed into the animals' enclosure to impress his female companions, was approaching 12-year-old Mei Ling when the animal woke up and grabbed him by the legs. The intruder escaped with torn trousers and left the zoo before officials could locate him.

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Man changes name to 'iPhone 7'

A man has officially changed his name to iPhone 7 in order to win one of the Apple phones. A competition in Ukraine offered the prize to the first five people to rename themselves. The 20-year-old man, formerly known as Olexander Turin, said the decision made good financial sense: a new iPhone 7 costs about £700 in Kiev, while the cost of changing his name was £1.60.

Inmate avoids execution by buying sperm

A woman on death row for drug offences in Vietnam avoided being executed by purchasing sperm from another prisoner and artificially inseminating herself. Nguyen Thi Hue, 42, reportedly paid around £1,900 for a small bag of semen and a syringe. Under Vietnamese law, women on death row who give birth have their sentences commuted to life in prison.

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