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Female panda dies of kidney failure

The female half of a pair of giant pandas given to Macau by Beijing has died from kidney failure, the southern Chinese city's government has said.

Xin Xin did not show any clinical signs of illness during a routine physical exam in May but was unco-operative during training.

After a week of treatment, she showed signs of improvement, but over the past two weeks her kidney function deteriorated rapidly.

Macau's panda park said that Xin Xin, who was nearly six, was declared dead yesterday evening.

Xin Xin and her mate Kai Kai arrived in Macau in late 2010, after China's then-president Hu Jintao promised the city a pair when he visited the city a year earlier to mark the 10th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony's return to Chinese control.

Xin Xin was born on July 26 2008 at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in central China.


From Belfast Telegraph