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Macau female panda Xin Xin dies of kidney failure

/ 03:17 PM June 23, 2014

In this June 21, 2011 photo, Macau’s giant panda Xin Xin eats bamboo leaves in Seac Pai Van Park in Macau. Macau says the female half of a giant panda couple that was a gift from Beijing has died from kidney failure. Macau’s panda park said that Xin Xin, who was nearly six, was declared dead at 8:18 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014. AP

HONG KONG — The female half of a giant panda couple that the Asian gambling hub of Macau received as a gift from Beijing has died from kidney failure, the southern Chinese city’s government said Monday.

Xin Xin did not show any clinical signs of illness during a routine physical exam in May but was uncooperative during training. After a week of treatment, she showed signs of improvement. But over the past two weeks her kidney function deteriorated rapidly.

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Macau’s panda park said that Xin Xin, who was nearly six, was declared dead at 8:18 p.m. on Sunday.

Xin Xin and her mate Kai Kai arrived in Macau in late 2010, after China’s then-president Hu Jintao promised the city a pair when he visited the city a year earlier to mark the 10th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony’s return to Chinese control.

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Xin Xin was born July 26, 2008, at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in central China.

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