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Young panda at US Zoo recovers from emergency surgery
   2016-11-26 16:10:56    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Jing

Photo taken on Jan.7 shows 4-month-old Panda "Bei Bei" of U.S. National Zoological Park meeting media after receiving a physical examination in Washington D.C., the United States. [Photo: Xinhua]

The youngest panda Bei Bei at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington D.C. is recovering from an emergency surgery to remove an obstruction caught in his bowels.

Zoo officials say Giant Panda Bei Bei first became ill on Thursday.

Zookeepers noticed he wasn't eating and gave him some anti-nausea medicine. When he hadn't improved by Friday morning, they took him to a veterinary hospital. An ultra-sound revealed the problem: a lemon-sized mass of bamboo blocking his intestines.

Bei Bei is one of three Giant Pandas born at the zoo that have survived more than a few days.

His name was chosen last year by US first lady Michelle Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping's wife Peng Liyuan. Bei Bei just celebrated his first birthday this September.

His older sister, Bao Bao still lives at the zoo. The oldest sibling, Tai Shan, had been sent to China, as required by an agreement with Chinese officials that panda cubs born in the US to parents on loan from China are to be returned to China before turning four years old.

Giantpanda Beibei (R) plays with its mother Meixiang at National Zoological Park in Washington D.C., the United States, Aug. 20, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua]

 

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