July 21, 2009 06:22 PM

He may stand more than 7-ft. tall and weigh nearly 325 lbs., but judging by this picture, it seems NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is a big softie at heart! The Cleveland Cavaliers center wrapped up a tour of China on July 16 with a visit to the Panda Breeding Research Center in Chengdu. O’Neal, who told reporters that meeting a giant panda was a longtime dream, had the chance to get cozy with a fuzzy bear – who seemed quite comfy on the big guy’s lap! According to China Central Television, the pandas were quite a welcoming committee for the sports star: The bears walked outside their enclosure, climbed trees and dangled from branches during the visit!

Click here to see China Central Television’s video of Shaq’s visit.

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