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Giant panda dies before being released into the wild


12-06-2014 18:02 BJT

Local sources confirmed on Saturday that a giant panda scheduled to be released into the wild later this month has died in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The panda, named Xin Yuan, was found dead on November 20th. The two-year-old female, who lived in the giant panda conservation and research center in Sichuan for a rehabilitation project, died from respiratory and renal failure.

She was trained on how to search for food and water while avoiding predators, and was expected to be released in the Liziping Nature Reserve. Staff searched for nearly two days before discovering her body.

The enclosure was disinfected and several pandas were quarantined. China started sending captive-bred pandas into the wild in 2006, and have released four so far.

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