• A massive panda became an honorary police chief for a day and headbutted officers.
  • The 3-metre panda is from a pro wrestling firm in Japan. Its trademark move is the headbutt.
  • Kimihiko Yoshimizu, the police chief at Nemuro Police Station, told international broadcaster NHK World News that it was a "good luck headbutt for safety and security of the people".
  • Watch the bizarre news clip below.
  • For more go to Business Insider South Africa.

A 3-metre panda from a pro wrestling firm in Japan became an honorary police chief at a local station, where it saluted, then headbutted, the officers.

No, this is not a scripted storyline in a bizarre sports entertainment segment on Japanese television. It actually happened, according to international broadcaster NHK World News.

The giant panda is known as a "yuru-kyara," which means "gentle character". But though it looks cute, albeit massive, its trademark move - a headbutt - is by no means gentle and has been known to send journalists off their feet.

Officers at the Nemuro Police Station, a precinct in Hokkaido, Japan, perhaps knew what they were in for when they allowed the pro wrestling character into the station.

The panda, known as "Andreza," was so big it had to duck through doors. Wearing only a sash and a cartoon smile, it saluted officers as it became an honorary police chief for one day. It then gave one officer a jumping headbutt that buckled the policeman's knees and sent him crashing to the floor.

NHK World News reports that Kimihiko Yoshimizu, the police chief at Nemuro Police Station, said it was a "good luck headbutt for the safety and security of the people".

Yoshimizu added it was "a lot of damage but worth the sacrifice".

Watch the NHK World News clip below:

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