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The Giant Panda Bao Bao is dead

Posted by | Evil Kristos | August 22, 2012 | No Comments

The famous Giant Panda Bao Bao, long term resident and famous icon of Berlins zoological garden, is dead. He died today most likely of natural causes.

Bao Bao arrived in Berlin in 1980. He came as as a present of the Chinese government. He quickly turned in to a darling of the public. Pandas are extremely rare and considered a conservation reliant endangered species.

It is very unlikely that he will be replaced. The Chinese charge one million a year for the cession of a Panda. There are only about 1600 specimen left in the mountainous Chinese rain forests. Very few zoos have Pandas on display. Among them are Vienna and Edinburgh.

Giant Pandas in captivity can become up to 35 years old. They are lone wolfs and do very little besides eating. The females estrous cycle only lasts for a few days a year. Especially in captivity pandas are know to lose all interest in mating. Artificial insemination seems to be the most promising solution but failed in the case of Bao Bao and his female companions.

The first one – Tjen Tjen – died in 1984, the second one – Yan Yan – in 2007. They never produced any offspring.

Bao Bao will be sadly missed.


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