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Rare baby panda dies at Tokyo Zoo

General July 11, 2012

Female giant panda Shin Shin's new baby is helped to drink milk by a zoological park staff member inside an incubator at Ueno Zoo in TokyoTOKYO (Reuters) – A panda born at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo died on Wednesday of pneumonia, less than a week after its much-awaited birth was greeted with widespread excitement. The cub was found motionless and without a heartbeat on his mother's belly and moved to an incubator, but efforts to revive the baby panda failed, zoo officials said. "It appears that when the baby was being breast-fed, it may have inhaled some milk, which caused pneumonia," zoo director Toshimitsu Doi told a hastily-called news conference before choking up and wiping his face with a handkerchief. …

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