Zoo solves panda death mys­tery

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BANGKOK — When a giant panda died last month while on loan to Thai­land’s Chi­ang Mai Zoo, mil­lions of so­cial me­dia users in China de­manded to know: “What killed Chuang Chuang?”

On Tues­day, they learned it was heart fail­ure, ac­cord­ing to a Chi­nese-as­sisted au­topsy on the death of the 19-year-old, who had been on loan from China since 2003 with mate Lin Hui.

They were celebri­ties in Thai­land, with me­dia ex­ten­sively cov­er­ing their love life. Chuang Chuang’s rel­a­tively early demise sparked mourn­ing among Thai fans and an out­cry on Chi­nese so­cial me­dia, where a hash­tag seem­ing to blame Thai­land for the death was viewed 250 mil­lion times. Pan­das gen­er­ally live 14-20 years in the wild but can live up to 30 years in cap­tiv­ity. The Chi­ang Mai Zoo said any spec­u­la­tion in China that Chuang Chuang may have died due to care­less feed­ing, ne­glect or even some kind of at­tack had proved un­founded.

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