Pub­lic doubts rea­sons for panda deaths

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

A 21-year-old cap­tive panda and one of her fe­male cubs died of acute pan­cre­ati­tis and in­testi­nal com­pli­ca­tions, re­spec­tively, at the Shang­hai Wild An­i­mal Park in De­cem­ber. The zoo, still breed­ing five other pan­das, has since be­come the target of pub­lic anger, rais­ing ques­tions about why the en­dan­gered mam­mals were be­ing kept out­side of their tra­di­tional habi­tat of South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince. The State Forestry Ad­min­is­tra­tion said breed­ing pan­das in de­vel­oped re­gions can pro­vide a safer en­vi­ron­ment for the species and aid in pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion, while al­low­ing them to take ad­van­tage of the ad­vanced re­search and tech­nol­ogy in those re­gions.

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