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Time is running out
- Published: 24 Dec 2010 at 08.16
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With only a few months left until Lhinping turns two, Thailand still does not have an agreement with the Chinese to keep the panda cub in Chiang Mai.
Time is running out
Thailand’s celebrity panda cub turns two on May 27. At the moment, officials at Chiang Mai zoo where Lhinping lives don’t know if they will be hosting a happy birthday party or a sad farewell.
The problem is that Lhinping belongs to China and the contract to keep her in Chiang Mai is only for two years. So, unless Thai officials can persuade the Chinese to extend the contract, Lhinping will likely be leaving when she reaches the age of two.
Zoological Park Organisation chief Sophon Damnui said on Thursday that his agency and the Natural Resources and Environment Minister Suwit Khunkitti have been working hard to keep Lhinping at the Chiang Mai Zoo for another two years.
The minister had visited Beijing twice for talks on extending the cub's stay with China’s deputy forestry minister, Mr Sophon said. The topic of a panda research centre in Chiang Mai was also discussed.
He said China would send representatives to inspect the living conditions of Lhinping and her parents Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang, both on a 10-year loan from China. The delegation is scheduled to visit Chiang Mai Zoo between Jan 8 and 14.
Thai authorities would discuss the proposed extension of the cub's stay during the Chinese representatives’ visit, said Mr Sophon.
Chiang Mai Zoo has been trying to separate Lhinping from her mother Lin Hui so officials can examine the cub. Normally, separating a panda cub from its mother is done when the cub is one year old.
More than 1.2 million tourists visited the Chiang Mai Zoo this year, which brought about 71 million baht in revenue to the zoo.
Of the visitors, 600,000 went to see the pandas and the zoo earned about 24 million from the panda display zone, he said.
Adapted from a story by Cheewin Sattha in today's Bangkok Post.
celebrity – a famous person (or, in this case, an animal), especially in entertainment or sports ผู้มีชื่อเสียง, ผู้โด่งดัง
cub – a young bear, lion, fox, etc ลูกของสัตว์
turn two – to become two years old; to reach your second birthday
at the moment – at this time; now ในปัจจุบัน
host – to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ
farewell – saying goodbye ล่ำลา, กล่าวลา, ลาจาก
persuade – to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should โน้มน้าวใจ เกลี้ยกล่อม
extend – to add more time ยืดออกไป
agency – a government department that provides a particular service หน่วยงานราชการ
natural resources – things such as coal, trees, and oil that exist in nature and can be used by people ทรัพยากรธรรมชาติ
environment – the place in which people live and work, including all the physical conditions that affect them สภาพแวดล้อม, สิ่งแวดล้อม
topic – a subject that you talk, write or learn about เรื่อง, หัวข้อ
research – a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it การวิจัย
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
on loan – borrowed; allowed to be kept or used for a period of time ยืมตัว
conditions – the circumstances or situation in which people live, work or do things เหตุการณ์, สภาพการ, สถานการณ์
delegation – a group of people chosen or elected by a group to represent them คณะผู้แทน, คณะบุคคลที่เป็นตัวแทนของคนกลุ่มใหญ่
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
proposed – suggested as an idea for a group to consider ถูกเสนอ
separate – to keep or put apart แยก
examine – to look at somebody/something closely, to see if there is anything wrong or to find the cause of a problem ตรวจ
revenue – income from business activities or taxes รายได้
display – to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily โชว์, แสดง
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต