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Campaigner criticises 'pricey' panda deal

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Friends of the Asian Elephant foundation has urged the government to back off from young giant panda Lin Ping's new 15-year loan agreement that is to cost around 660 million baht. 

Lin Ping (Photo by Thiti Wannamontha)

Under a deal between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and its Chinese counterpart, Thailand is required to pay an annual fee of about 44 million baht if it wants to keep the celebrity four-year-old panda and her future mate in the country for another 15 years.

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