A rare Giant Panda at London Zoo has gone back on public view after suffering from a serious illness.
SV PAN Ching Ching walking round pen watched by Chia-Chia in adjacent cage, at London Zoo, U.K.
CU AND SV Ching Ching climbs up pole and walks around cage (2 shots)
SV AND CU Adults and children watching (2 shots)
SV PAN Chia-Chia watches as Ching Ching walks around
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Background: A rare Giant Panda at London Zoo has gone back on public view after suffering from a serious illness. Ching Ching, an eight-year-old female from China, reappeared on Tuesday (12 August) after five months in the zoo's animal hospital.
SYNOPSIS: Ching Ching came close to death during her illness. Over the past year, her condition deteriorated rapidly and in March it was decided to move her to the zoo's hospital. She'd been given to the former British Prime Minster, Edward Hard Heath, during a visit to China in 1974-- along with a male called Chia Chia. The zoo had hoped to produce the first Panda cub born in the West-- but the pair have failed to breed.
Because of her illness, the zoo says it is unlikely that Ching Ching will bow be able to breed until next year. But she is eating well, and it's hoped her recovery will be accelerated by her return to the den and the company of her mate next door.
Two operations were carried out when it was discovered that Ching Ching was losing weight quickly. She was kept under intensive care and fed intra-venously. Her diet in hospital included rough-grained rice, minced meat, honey and vitamins along with bamboo. There are believed to be fewer then a thousand Pandas living in the wild in China, where a few have been bred in captivity.