RIP Xiang Xiang

May 31, 2007 at 1:19 pm (frightening things) ()

Xiang Xiang, the first panda bred in captivity to be released into the wild, has died. He was chased by angry wild pandas and fell from a tree.

He survived less than a year in the wild after nearly three years of training in survival techniques and defense tactics.

“Xiang Xiang died of serious internal injuries in the left side of his chest and stomach by falling from a high place,” Heng Yi, an official from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan, said in a telephone interview.

“The scratches and other minor injuries caused by other wild pandas were found on his body,” he said. “So Xiang Xiang may have fallen from trees when being chased by those pandas.”

. . . “We are all sad about Xiang Xiang, but it doesn’t mean the project has failed,” Zhang Hemin, the center’s head, was quoted as saying by Xinhua. “The lessons we have learnt from what happened to Xiang Xiang will help us adapt and improve the project.”

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  1. DJ (panda boy) lucas said,

    I am so sad that this awesome panda died…I LOVE YOU XIANG XIANG……RIP

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