We’re sad to report that another giant panda has succumbed to canine distemper, a contagious disease that has already killed three other pandas at breeding centers in China in just the past couple of months.
The panda, Feng Feng, died after falling into a coma on January 8, according to SCMP, citing Xinhua.
Two female pandas, Cheng Cheng and Da Bao, died on December 9 and January 4 respectively after contracting the virus at a breeding facility in Zhouzhi county, Shaanxi province. A third giant panda named Xin Xin died weeks after.
Canine distemper affects the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts as well as the spinal cord and brain. It can be passed on from animal to animal through sneezing or coughing and can cause fever, vomiting and lethargy.
Four other pandas were diagnosed with the virus but have recovered. All healthy pandas at the breeding center have been sent to other reserves.
Curse that merciless panda-killing disease.