Only yesterday, we reported on how the morale of the staff at the National Zoo in Washington had been pretty much devastated following the death of a week-old baby giant panda.
At that time, the cub's caretakers were unable to provide a reasonable explanation for the cub’s death, given the fact that no external injuries were present so as to suggest that its mother had accidentally crushed it.
However, recent news on this topic informs us that, by performing a necropsy, zoo employees found that the cub's liver displayed various abnormalities, and that some fluid had also built up in its abdomen.
Further investigations will reveal whether these abnormalities must in fact be held responsible for the cub's death.
inform us that, for the time being, the baby giant panda's mother, Mei Xiang, is seeking comfort in cuddling various objects.