Bangkok (AP) — Zoo staff in northern Thailand donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, which was on a long-term loan from China.
Officials said Chuang Chuang collapsed Monday in his enclosure at the Chiang Mai Zoo shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves.
Staff said Tuesday they found no sign of illness or injury on the 19-year-old panda’s body, and that he had recently passed a health checkup.
A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14-20 years.
Chuang Chuang and his female mate arrived in Chiang Mai in 2003 on a 10-year loan that was later extended for another 10 years.