Panda Lin Hui acting normally after Xuang Xuang's death

Panda Lin Hui acting normally after Xuang Xuang's death

Female giant panda Lin Hui eats fruit and bamboo leaves at Chiang Mai zoo as usual on Tuesday, the day after her mate Xuang Xuang died. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)
Female giant panda Lin Hui eats fruit and bamboo leaves at Chiang Mai zoo as usual on Tuesday, the day after her mate Xuang Xuang died. (Photo by Panumet Tanraksa)

CHIANG MAI: It is life as normal for giant panda Lin Hui, who has exhibited no change of behaviour since the death of her mate Xung Xuang at Chiang Mai zoo on Monday.

The atmosphere at the zoo's panda exhibition zone was quiet but sombre on Tuesday. 

Zoo staff took care of Lin Hui as usual. She ate fruit and bamboo leaves as usual, and showed no change in behaviour in the absence of Xuang Xuang.

Staff said the two giant pandas would normally sniff each other after eating in the exhibit zone. The two pandas had played together two days ago, the last time they were together. 

They would would select photos of Xuang Xuang taken during his years at the zoo and put them on display at the zoo for panda lovers to view.

Lin Hui, born in Sept 2001 at a panda research centre in southern China, is on loan from the Chinese government. She arrived in Chiang  Mai along with Xuang Xuang in October 2003. The two giant pandas  became instant favourites as people young and old flocked to Chiang Mai zoo to catch a glimpse of them.

They were briefly featured live on their own TV channel and have their own fan club. 

Lin Hui is known in Thai as Tewee and as Kham Eouy in the Lanna dialect of the North, and Xuang Xuang was Tewan in Thai and Kham Ai in Lanna. Hopes that they would mate and produce offspring proved fruitless.

Artificial insemination was successful, and Lin Hui gave birth to a female, Lin Ping, on Feb 18, 2009.

The cub was flown to China in September 2013 under the terms of the agreement covering the loan of the two adult pandas to Thailand. She remains there.


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