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If Thailand would only pay as much attention to its own people at the bottom of the society ladder ............. like free, unbiased education, proper irrigation etc. 

I find Pandas great animals but they dont belong into zoos and certainly not into a (climatically hot) Thai zoo ........ 

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The autopsy better check for African Swine Fever disease also, just in case. Really, who knows for sure if ASF affects Pandas ?

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Probably find the stomach is filled with plastic bags. 

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7 hours ago, Sydebolle said:

If Thailand would only pay as much attention to its own people at the bottom of the society ladder ............. like free, unbiased education, proper irrigation etc. 

I find Pandas great animals but they dont belong into zoos and certainly not into a (climatically hot) Thai zoo ........ 

If you ever visited the pandas at the CM Zoo, you would have found they had very nice accommodations that were kept cool and humid -- just the way pandas like their weather.  You pay extra to see the pandas at the zoo and, to me, it is well worth it.

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Panda autopsy preparations at Thai zoo as Chinese experts arrive

By Sakul and Kittiwongprom

 

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A woman places pictures on a board days after the 19-year-old panda Chuang Chuang died at the Chiang Mai zoo, Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 19, 2019. Dailynews/ via REUTERS

 

CHIANG MAI, Thailand (Reuters) - Chinese panda experts and Thai officials on Thursday began preparing for an autopsy of beloved giant panda Chuang Chuang, who died unexpectedly this week at the Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand while on loan from Beijing.

 

The death of 19-year-old Chuang Chuang sparked mourning among Thai fans and an outcry on Chinese social media, where a hashtag seeming to blame Thailand was viewed 250 million times.

 

Zoo officials said there had been little sign Chuang Chuang was suffering health problems before his death on Monday. Pandas generally live 14-20 years in the wild but can live up to 30 years in captivity.

 

The autopsy should take no more than seven days and then Chuang Chuang's body would go to China as per an agreement with Beijing, said Sumet Kamolnoranat, deputy director of the Zoological Park Organisation.

 

"A working team between Chinese and Thai officials has been formed and their progress will be notified in future updates,” a statement from the Thai zoo on Thursday said.

 

Chinese and Thai officials were also discussing whether Chuang Chuang's mate, Lin Hui - the only remaining panda in Thailand - should be returned to China, a Chinese official said.

 

"For Lin Hui, I understand that there are some concerns about her being alone and her loneliness. We have to talk about this later," said Ren Yisheng, the Chinese Consul General in Chiang Mai.

 

The panda pair, on loan from China since 2003, were celebrities in Thailand after Lin Hui gave birth in 2009. Baby pandas are rarely born in captivity and the offspring 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.

 

On Thursday, Thai tourists at the zoo expressed sorrow.

 

"I felt sad once I knew about his death. Today, when I saw the area where he used to stay make me feel horrible," said visitor Kanchana Anatasomboon.

 

Bangkok resident Supatra Saraneeyatham, on his first visit to Chiang Mai, said: "I'm here with my sister and she almost cried once we saw Lin Hui alone inside."

 

(Writing by Kay Johnson; editing by Anna Willard)

 

 

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I hear the claws are prised for their magical powers to give a man the added vigor and strength of a hundred. I hope they didn't go to waste. 🙄

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20 hours ago, Golden Triangle said:

What killed it, the constant smog probably..................

More likely old age.

 

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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.

 

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How does a Panda let  you know the air is unfit to breath? 

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

Zoo officials said there had been little sign Chuang Chuang was suffering health problems before his death on Monday. Pandas generally live 14-20 years in the wild but can live up to 30 years in captivity.

There seems to be some confusion between the relevant officials - Zoo & WWF.

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Could have been foul play - the female being completely fed up with the useless, free-loading, impotent male. It's happened before:

 

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