China extends Lin Ping’s stay in Thailand for 2 years

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BANGKOK, 25 April 2011  – China has agreed to allow panda cub Lin Ping to stay in Thailand for two more years while Chiang Mai Zoo is preparing to celebrate her second birthday anniversary late next month. 

According to Acting Director of the Zoological Park Organization Veterinarian Wisit Wichasilp, the Chinese government has issued an official letter granting permission for Lin Ping to remain at Chiang Mai Zoo of Thailand for another two years as earlier requested by the Thai government. The Thai-born baby panda was initially due to be delivered to China late this year in compliance with the contract between the two countries.

Lin Ping has been in a healthy condition with progressive development and continues to win over both Thai and foreign fans. The cub has been weaned and separated from her mother Lin Hui for approximately two months and is turning two years old on 27 May this year. Chiang Mai Zoo is set to hold a press conference to give details on the upcoming birthday celebration as well as the extended stay in the near future.