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Chinese experts to probe panda Chuang Chuang's death in Thai zoo

 

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Zoo workers lay flowers at a Panda statue days after the 19-year-old panda Chuang Chuang died at the Chiang Mai zoo, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 18, 2019. Dailynews/ via REUTERS

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Animal experts from China are to arrive at a Thai zoo on Thursday to investigate the unexpected death of a giant panda in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thai officials said.

 

Photos on Wednesday showed Thai mourners and zoo staff laying flowers near the empty enclosure of Chuang Chuang at age 19 at the Chiang Mai Zoo.

 

“We loved and nurtured him so much. I hope everyone will miss him like we do,” zoo keeper Kannikar Chantarangsi told reporters on Tuesday.

The cause of death has not been released. Pandas generally live 14-20 years in the wild but can live up to 20 years in captivity, according to the WWF animal welfare organisation.

 

“The Chiang Mai Zoo will wait for experts from China to arrive. All the relevant Chinese agencies have been informed and we will conduct the autopsy together,” Wuttichai Muangmun, director of Chiang Mai Zoo told reporters.

 

A zoo official told Reuters the Chinese experts would arrive on Thursday. A statement from China’s consulate in Chiang Mai from Monday said experts from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda had been dispatched.

 

The death has caused a stir in Chuang Chuang’s native China, where a hashtag about the death drew 250 million views on social media site Weibo and some Chinese users blamed the Thai zoo.

 

“No more pandas for Thailand,” wrote one Weibo comment.

 

Chuang Chuang and his partner Lin Hui - now Thailand’s only remaining panda - were celebrities in Thailand after Lin Hui gave birth in 2009. Baby pandas are rarely born in captivity and the animal was eventually returned to China.

 

Lin Hui conceived through artificial insemination after Chuang Chuang failed to impregnate her, despite being shown videos dubbed “panda porn” meant to encourage them to mate.

 

Pandas are famously difficult to breed in captivity.

 

The pair have been on loan to Thailand since 2003.

 

They were “married” in November 2005 at a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony overseen by a Chinese diplomat to mark the zoo’s 28th birthday.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2019-09-18
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Oh no killing the Chinese pandas now in the unusual mysterious ways we come to expect wont go down well with the masters🤔

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35 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

We loved and nurtured him so much

Mabey that was the problem...

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How long do giant pandas live in captivity?
The cubs begin to eat bamboo when they are a year old. Lifespan: The average life expectancy of wild giant pandas is 15-20 years while the captive ones can live up to 30 years. Currently, the record age for a captive one is 38 years.
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Well its Chinese ,so I suppose it could have drowned ,in its water bowl.

they will soon send a replacement for their Thai friends.

regards worgeordie

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3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Animal experts from China are to arrive at a Thai zoo on Thursday to investigate

They will probably cut out all the valuables they can use for Chinese "medicine"

 

Then declare the Panda died from lack of somtum nutrition

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6 hours ago, leeneeds said:

Freedom should be a right for all animals, if humans want to see them go to the country where they live, barbaric exploitation that humans are so adept at.

Thanks for your post .

I wish that more people would think like you .

 

best regards

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9 hours ago, White Christmas13 said:
How long do giant pandas live in captivity?
The cubs begin to eat bamboo when they are a year old. Lifespan: The average life expectancy of wild giant pandas is 15-20 years while the captive ones can live up to 30 years. Currently, the record age for a captive one is 38 years.

Thx, now I understand the fuzz ... 11 year premature death.

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12 hours ago, mok199 said:

Mabey that was the problem...

More likely the Khao niew diet !

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