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Xiang Xiang the Chinese Panda dies. Was he murdered?

In amazing story, asia, Bear, China, crazy, Crazy news, Economy, Murder, natural world, Odd News, Panda, Places, Society, Uncategorized, wild animals, World News on June 5, 2007 at 1:04 pm

RIP Xiangxiang

According to CNN the first ever panda to be bred in captivity and  released into the wild was killed after falling from a tree, and may have died after being chased by wild pandas. The body of Xiang Xiang, a male panda, was found February 9 this year.

Researchers from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in Sichuan told CNN that Xiang Xiang had serious internal injuries on his left side and that scratches and other minor marks on the mammals exterior had shown wild pandas previously attacked the 73 kilogram Xiang Xiang, whose name means auspicious.

The news of Xiang Xiangs death was only realesed today by the Chinese authorities who attributed the late notice to a need to fully investigate what happened. Authorites said that the Xiang Xiang case showed that groups of wild pandas were reluctant to accept male outsiders and that the next panda to be released would be female.

There are about 1,600 wild pandas in the mountainous forest areas of China, but the population is heavily threatened by the massive rise of the Chinese economy, adding strain to the natural environment.

 This was not XiangXiangs first run in with wild pandas. He was injured back in late 2006, but was again released into the wild. He is seen here in a Chinese language news report

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