A giant panda that was loaned to Thailand died suddenly in a northern Thai zoo, prompting an investigation by Chinese experts.
Chuang Chuang, a 19-year-old male giant panda, was given to the Southeast Asian country in 2003 “to represent the relationship between China and Thailand,” along with a female panda, Lin Hui
China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda would send experts to Thailand to work with their Thai counterparts to establish the cause of the panda’s death.
Thailand woke up to the news of Chuang Chuang’s death on Tuesday, with many mourning his passing on social media.
Chiang Mai Zoo director Wutthichai Muangmun said that Chuang Chuang was eating bamboo before he died.
“He was walking around, but staggered and fell to the ground,” he told reporters.
A panda’s average life span is 14 to 20 years in the wild, but the animals can live as long as 30 years in captivity. Giant pandas were once regarded as endangered, but were reclassified as a vulnerable species in 2016.
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