Two pandas, a mother and a daughter, died at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park last month and Chinese netizens are speculating that the zoo is to blame for their untimely deaths.
21-year-old Guo Guo began showing fever-like symptoms on December 19th before being diagnosed with acute pancreatitis and dying on the 26th. Her daughter, Hua Sheng (Peanut), was separated from her mother on the 19th and was fed artificial milk by zookeepers. However, on the 23rd, she was diagnosed with twisted intestines and underwent surgery. Unfortunately, the surgery didn’t save her life, she died from multiple organ failure on the 31st, according to Shanghai Daily.
Hua Sheng was the first giant panda born in Shanghai. She was less than six months old.
While the park has insisted that it did everything it could to save the lives of both pandas, web users aren’t so certain and have accused zookeepers of mistreatment.
The Global Times reports that one netizen said that she had visited the park in December and had noticed that Hua Sheng was “clearly sick,” but yet was still being presented to the public.
Web users have also wondered why they are just learning about the pandas’ deaths now, nearly a month later, accusing the park of trying to engineer some kind of cover up.
Ni Li, an employee at the park’s office, said that they had not issued an announcement earlier because they were still carrying out analysis and investigations into the deaths to prevent similiar tragedies from happening in the future.
“Our animal keepers are professional and took good care of them, and the raising procedures were strictly based on common practice, but raising giant pandas is very difficult,” she said.
Well, we just hope Guo Guo and Hua Sheng are having fun up in animal heaven with Harambe and Paul the Octopus, two other creatures that lost their lives in captivity. #neverforgetpeanutthepanda #andguoguo
By Matt Bonini
[Images via China News]
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