BEIRUT

Environment

Giant panda born last week at Tokyo zoo dies

  • In this Saturday, July 7, 2012 file photo released by the Ueno Zoological Park Society, a newly born male panda baby is fed inside an incubator at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Ueno Zoological Park Society)

TOKYO: A giant panda born at a Tokyo zoo last week has died.

Tokyo's Ueno Zoo says the 6-day-old panda died of pneumonia Wednesday morning. A zookeeper found it lying belly up, without breathing, on its 7-year-old mother's chest.

The male baby, which hadn't been named yet, died an hour later despite heart massage.

It was the first panda born at the zoo since 1988 and was conceived naturally.

Its mother, Shin Shin, was brought from China just before Japan's tsunami and earthquake disasters last year. The much anticipated baby had been celebrated across Japan, and the news of its death topped afternoon television news Wednesday.

Giant pandas have a low birth rate, and artificial insemination is common in captive breeding programs.

 
Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here