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Giant Panda’s Sudden Death in Thai Zoo Sparks Anger in China


A giant panda on permanent loan to a zoo in Thailand since 2003 has unexpectedly passed away on Monday, sparking outrage in China where it originated.

Local media reports that the 19-year-old male panda, named Chuang Chuang, collapsed after eating bamboo Monday afternoon in Chiang Mai Zoo, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Pandas, which generally live 14-20 years in the wild, live up to 30 years in captivity, according to WWF.

Curious Pandas Watch as Girl is Saved After Falling Into Their Enclosure


A young girl was luckily saved after falling into the panda enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province, China.

The girl, whose name and age were not revealed but believed to be of primary school age, accidentally fell inside the enclosure at the height of around two meters (6.5 feet). She landed in a trench surrounding the center grassy mound where the pandas usually stay, according to Beijing Youth Daily on Sunday via South China Morning Post.