Xin Xin, the female half of a giant panda couple given to Macau by mainland China to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1999 handover, has died, Sing Tao Daily reported Monday.
She was five years and 10 months old. No official announcement of the cause of death, believed to be renal failure, has been released, pending an autopsy.
Meanwhile, authorities have temporarily closed the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion in Seac Pai Van Park, where Xin Xin and Kai Kai have been the main attractions.
Park officials had hoped to mate them this year, the report said.
Xin Xin was found to have abnormal renal function during tests in May and had refused to cooperate in training sessions, park officials said.
However, her condition began to improve after treatment by a team of experts from Chengdu.
Kai Kai is healthy and active, the report said.
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