Knut not guilty of Panda death

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, Berlin, (dpa) - Zoo officials rejected claims that the cuddly polar bear celebrity was responsible for the death of Yan Yan, a 22 year-old Panda at the Berlin Zoo.

29 March 2007

Berlin, (dpa) - Zoo officials rejected claims that the cuddly polar bear celebrity was responsible for the death of Yan Yan, a 22 year-old Panda at the Berlin Zoo.

The famous Panda, was discovered Monday afternoon after zoo visitors reported her lying motionless in her outdoor enclosure.

Knut, who is a global sensation, was implicated in her death after some said the massive amounts of attention for the bear cub may have overpowered the Yan Yan. More than 20,000 people visited the polar bear cub this weekend, waiting in lines for hours.

Those who didn't get a chance to see Knut, visited Yan Yan instead.

The 9-kilo bear triggered a wave of media coverage after an animal rights activist said Knut should have been put to death after being abandoned by his mother in December.

Meanwhile, a post mortem showed that Yan Yan died of heart failure caused by acute constipation, zoo vet Andreas Ochs said.

Yan Yan, meaning "beautiful" in Chinese, had lived at the zoo in the German capital since 1995. Life expectancy for pandas is normally around 34.

Yan Yan was sent to Berlin in the hope that she would produce offspring with the zoo's mascot Bao Bao, who at 26 is the world's oldest panda in captivity. She died cubless.

Heiner Kloes, one of Yan Yan's keepers, who has had his hands full caring for Knut, was said to be devastated by the news.  

DPA

Subject: German news

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