By Panarat Thepgumpanat
BANGKOK (Reuters) – When a megastar giant panda died closing month whereas on loan to Thailand’s Chiang Mai Zoo, thousands and thousands of social media users in China demanded to know “What killed Chuang Chuang?”
On Tuesday, they learned it modified into as soon as coronary heart failure, per a Chinese-assisted autopsy on the loss of life of 19-year-passe Chuang Chuang, who had been on loan from China since 2003 with his mate Lin Hui.
They were celebrities in Thailand, with media broadly masking their fancy existence – including a “wedding” ceremony in 2005.
Chuang Chuang’s barely early demise sparked mourning among Thai followers and an outcry https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-panda/panda-autopsy-preparations-at-thai-zoo-as-chinese-experts-arrive-idUSKBN1W31FV on Chinese social media, the put a hashtag seeming to blame Thailand for the loss of life modified into as soon as considered 250 million instances.
Pandas on the whole are residing 14-20 years within the wild but can are residing as a lot as 30 years in captivity.
The Chiang Mai Zoo said any speculation in China that Chuang Chuang – who modified into as soon as identified for being overweight – would possibly per chance perhaps well even assemble died as a result of careless feeding, neglect or even some form of assault had proved unfounded.
“The autopsy and prognosis by Chinese-Thai experts confirmed that the diet successfully being of Wide Panda Chuang Chuang modified into as soon as real, no exterior wounds were stumbled on and no international objects were show in his trachea,” the zoo said in an announcement on Tuesday.
“The cause of his loss of life modified into as soon as coronary heart failure, resulting within the inability of oxygen of interior organs and main to his loss of life.”
The zoo confirmed that Thailand would nonetheless pay unspecified compensation to Beijing as outlined within the original loan settlement.
Chuang Chuang’s mate, Lin Hui, would preserve on the zoo within the meantime, it said.
Chuang Chuang famously modified into as soon as placed on a diet in 2007 when the zoo modified into as soon as looking to lend a hand he and Lin Hui to conceive.
The zoo even resorted to “panda porn” videos https://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-pandas-attn-fahmy/thai-zoo-tries-more-panda-porn-to-foment-lust-idUSBKK10098320070327 of different pandas mating to lend a hand Chuang Chuang, but Lin Hui finally conceived through artificial insemination.
After Lin Hui gave delivery in 2009, their offspring modified into as soon as featured on a 24-hour “Panda Channel” shown on a Thai TV network.
Infant pandas are no longer regularly born in captivity, and the offspring modified into as soon as finally returned to China.
Soon after Chuang Chuang’s loss of life, photos of Lin Hui by myself in her enclosure subsequent to her mate’s empty pen modified into as soon as aired around the arena and a Chinese legitimate said there modified into as soon as talk she would possibly per chance be returned to China amid concerns she would possibly per chance be lonely.
No determination on her future has been made, but the zoo said “within the intervening time, Thailand will proceed (to) relish easiest care of the final panda Lin Hui.”
(Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Susan Fenton)