Liver problem caused panda cub's death

2012-10-11 18:01
Mei Xiang and another one of her cubs. (AFP)

Mei Xiang and another one of her cubs. (AFP)

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Washington - A US National Zoo veterinarian in the says a liver problem was to blame for the death last month of a 6-day-old giant panda cub.

Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray told a news conference on Thursday that the cub's cause of death was liver necrosis, or the death of liver cells. Murray says the cub's lungs were also underdeveloped and likely did not provide enough oxygen to the liver.

The zoo also offered a glimpse of panda mother Mei Xiang in her yard on Thursday. Her behaviour has slowly returned to normal after the cub's death.

The cub, believed to be female, was born 16 September. Zoo officials and panda fans were devastated by its death less than a week later. The birth was a surprise because it had not been clear whether Mei Xiang was still fertile.

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