18 Feb '11, 8am

Panda 'to stay in Thailand for two more years' - Straits Times

Panda 'to stay in Thailand for two more years' - Straits Times

Linping, Thailand's first giant panda cub, was a sensation even before she was born following years of unsuccessful artificial insemination and efforts to get her parents to mate at Chiang Mai zoo. -- PHOTO: AFP THAILAND - THE first Thailand born panda cub, Lin Ping, will remain at the Chiang Mai Zoo for another two years after China accepted Thailand's request to extend its stay in the Kingdom. An overjoyed Prasertsak Buntrakulpuntawi, head of Chiang Mai Zoo's panda research project, said on Thursday he had received unofficial news from Chinese authorities that the paperwork for the agreement to lend the 20-month-old female panda to Thailand for two more years had been completed. The date for both sides to sign the deal would be set in one month. To celebrate the good news, Thai authorities have prepared a grand celebration comprising exhibitions and entertainment activit...

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