BANGKOK (AP) – Zoo staff in northern Thailand have donned black and white clothing and observed a minute of silence to mourn the sudden death of their popular male giant panda, who was on long-term loan from China. Officials said Chuang Chuang collapsed on Monday (Sept 16) in his enclosure at the Chiang Mai Zoo shortly after standing up following a meal of bamboo leaves. Staff said on 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 check-up. A zoo veterinarian said pandas have a life expectancy of 14 to 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.
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