A giant Panda died after failing to boost his sexual drive
A popular giant panda has unexpectedly died in a Thailand zoo - forcing China to send experts to investigate.
Chuang Chuang had been at the Chiang Mai zoo since 2003, alongside his female companion.
Failing to show any sexual interest in Lin Hui, the zoo tried various methods to boost his sex drive, including putting him on a low-carb diet, and showing videos of mating pandas.
The panda bear was taken on a loan by the Chiang Mai zoo from China since 2003.
The bear, which was 19 year old, was widely popular in Thailand because of repeated efforts by the zoo to get him to mate with his female companion.
His unexplained death caused revolt on Chinese social media, with many users accusing Thailand of not caring enough for the animal.
Giant pandas usually live only for 25 to 30 years in captivity. They classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
As a way of strengthening diplomatic ties, China loans the animals to countries around the world
There's extensive reporting in China about the animals' lives overseas, and Chuang Chuang's early death has received widespread coverage in local media.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, an investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of death, and experts from the China Conservation and Research Centre will travel to Chiang Mai to work with their Thai counterparts.
Some social media users on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo were concerned, saying: "Thailand is not suitable for raising pandas", and "they don't treat animals as well as we think".
Others asked for the remaining female panda in Chiang Mai, Lin Hui, to be returned to China.
Two Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo. are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.
Two Pandas are expected to be returned to China from Canada's Calgary Zoo - because of a shortage of bamboo.
Canada has a limited supply of bamboo which could run out very fast.
The Calgary Zoo closed temporarily on March 16 amid the pandemic, reports Xinhua news agency.
Direct flight between China and Calgary, a city in the western province of Alberta have been canceled.
The zoo said it tried to find new bamboo suppliers to feed the pandas, "Er Shun" and "Da Mao", but came across many logistic issues.
"We believe the best and safest place for Er Shun and Da Mao to be during these challenging and unprecedented times is where bamboo is abundant and easy to access," Calgary Zoo President and CEO Clement Lanthier said.
The two pandas arrived in Canada in 2014 as part of a 10-year agreement between Canada and China over the animal's protection and research.
In the Chinese center "Shenshupin" in the "Volun" natural reserve, the cub of a big panda Lulu suffocated from accidental strangulation. The incident is reported by Shine portal, citing the press service of the Chinese National Center for the Protection and Study of Pandas.
The tragedy occurred at about two in the morning, and employees were too late to save the poor panda. When the animal was discovered in the morning, it showed no signs of life. The center management noted that it was deeply saddened by this news and would do everything to prevent this from happening again in the future.
Earlier it was reported that the Hong Kong Zoo was closed to visitors due to quarantine, the pandas living in it mated for the first time in nine years.
A big panda cub (which usually lives in the mountainous regions of central China) was born in the Ouwehands zoo of the Dutch Renen (Utrecht province), according to a press release on the zoo's website.
It is noted that the cub was born on Friday, May 1, he, like his mother, feels good. The sex of the cub is not yet known, because they try not to disturb him. According to France Press, this is the first birth of a big panda cub in the Netherlands.
"At present, Wen’s mother and her cub are left alone. When the cub leaves the mother’s den after a few months, we can find out what gender it is. When this happens, the little big panda will have a name," the zoo said in a press release.
The big panda cub belongs to China - just like its parents Wen and Sin Ya. He can stay in the Netherlands for four years, after which he will be transferred to the People Republic of China.
In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature classified large pandas as vulnerable species. Prior to this, the organization attributed them to species that are endangered.
Pete and Paul, the new stars of the Berlin Zoo, made their first appearance. This is unusual for Germany, as it never happened before - for a baby panda to be born locally.
The twins, whose Chinese names sound like Meng Xiang and Meng Yuan belong to China and are on loan at the Berlin Zoo.
The five-month-old twin pandas immediately began to study the new aviary specially built for them, you can check out the video bellow:
Visitors to the zoo will be able to see the kids on later on this week.
Due to the growth in the population of pandas, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources in 2016 changed the red book status of the species from “endangered” to “in vulnerable position”.
Not only people are bored during the lockdown. Two Pandas have been trying to mate for 10 years and only after the zoo has been quarantined, they finaly did it
In Hong Kong's Ocean Park, the 14-year-old pandas Yin Yin and Le Le mated. This is the first success in 10 years, according to the zoo website.
"The successful natural mating process today is extremely exciting for all of us, as the chance of pregnancy via natural mating is higher than by artificial insemination," Michael Boos, executive director for zoological operations and conservation at Ocean Park.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the park has been closed to visitors since late January.
From the end of March, Yin Yin began to spend more time playing in the water, while Le Le left traces of smells around his habitat and everywhere looked for her smell. This behavior is consistent with the usual behavior during the breeding season, which occurs once a year from March to May. With a change in hormone levels at Yin Yin, the Park’s veterinary team that looked after the animals confirms that giant pandas have entered the breeding season this year, the report said.
The giant male and female pandas reach puberty from seven and five years old, respectively. Yin Yin and Le Le arrived in Hong Kong in 2007 and since 2010 they tried to mate, but they did not succeed, since it is difficult for pandas to breed in captivity. By the way, the probability of pregnancy with natural mating is higher than with artificial insemination.
If successful, signs of pregnancy, including hormonal fluctuations in the level and behavioral changes, can be observed already at the end of June, although there is always the possibility that Yin Yin may experience pseudo-pregnancy. “We hope this year to bring great news about pregnancy to Hong Kong and make an additional contribution to the conservation of this vulnerable species,” said Michael Boos, Executive Director of Zoological Operations and Conservation at Ocean Park.
The gestation period for giant pandas ranges from 72 to 324 days. Pregnancy can only be confirmed 14-17 days before birth using ultrasound scanning.
Meanwhile, a camel Sema was born in the Kharkov zoo. Now Semyon Aleksandrovich is already 10 days old, he was born with a weight of 38 kilograms and 90 centimeters. The camel Alexandrovich continues to grow as it is breast-fed. He will drink his mother’s milk for at least another six months, or even a half, after which he will switch to the usual camel meal: hay, grass, carrots, beets and bran.