China sends team to investigate panda death at Thai zoo accused of poor care

China sends team to investigate panda death at Thai zoo accused of poor care

China is sending a team of panda experts to Thailand to investigate the death of Chuang Chuang, a 19-year-old panda who died unexpectedly. 
Chuang Chuang collapsed suddenly in his enclosure shortly after finishing a meal of bamboo leaves. Zoo staff have said that black-and-white giant bear showed no signs of illness or injury, and that he had recently passed a health checkup. 
He arrived at the Chiang Mai zoo in 2003 with Lin Hui, a female giant panda, on a ten-year loan that was later extended for another decade.
The pair were such a hit that, for years, a 24-hour video feed broadcast their daily lives – napping midday, chomping on bamboo leaves and rolling around. 
To foster a romantic spark between the two, Chuang Chuang was even shown videos of pandas mating. In the end, the couple did produce a cub, Lin Ping, in 2009 – but with the help of artificial insemination. 
Chuang Chuang’s death has caused an uproar in China, where the internet is abuzz with concern about whether he received proper care while in Thailand.
A social media post by a news aggregator about Chuang Chuang’s passing received 6,000 comments expressing a mix of anger and grief. 

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