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Pregnant giant panda in Thailand miscarries, says zoo

Published on Feb 4, 2014 4:39 PM
 
This Chiang Mai Zoo handout photo taken on Dec 26, 2013, shows Thai veterinarians performing an ultrasound on 12-year-old panda Lin Hui (top left) in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai Zoo. The zoo said on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014, that Lin Hui had suffered a miscarriage, quashing hopes of the birth of a second cub in the panda-mad country. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A zoo in northern Thailand said on Tuesday a pregnant giant panda in its care had suffered a miscarriage, quashing hopes of the birth of a second cub in the panda-mad country.

Chiang Mai Zoo said 12-year-old Lin Hui, one of Thailand's two famously celibate pandas who became pregnant thanks to artificial insemination, appeared to have lost the cub after 128 days of gestation.

"I think she has not realised that she has miscarried," Mr Boripat Siriaroonrat, a member of the zoo's panda project, told AFP.

Lin Hui and her mate Chuang Chuang, who are on loan from China, produced a first cub in 2009, after artificial insemination succeeded where attempts to get them to mate using pornography and low-carb diets failed.

 
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