Date
29 March 2017
Howard Chuk (inset) says all efforts are geared toward ensuring Ying Ying's full recovery. Photos: Ocean Park, RTHK
Howard Chuk (inset) says all efforts are geared toward ensuring Ying Ying's full recovery. Photos: Ocean Park, RTHK

Ying Ying loses cub to miscarriage

Giant panda Ying Ying is undergoing rehab after suffering a miscarriage.

Ocean Park, which broke the news Wednesday, said Ying Ying is receiving the best treatment to ensure her full recovery.

Park officials said the fetus had stopped growing and died in the womb on Oct. 7.

The fetus had become deformed, suggesting parts of it had been reabsorbed into the womb.

The cause of the miscarriage is being investigated.

Senior curator Howard Chuk said he is saddened by the loss of the cub.

All efforts are now geared toward bringing Ying Ying back to health and to full recovery, he said.

Veterinarians have been taking urine samples and monitoring Ying Ying’s hormone levels to check for any discharge of fetal tissue.

Wang Chengdong, director of veterinary services of the China Conservation and Research Center, said fetal resorption is not uncommon in giant pandas.

Wang said he is confident Ying Ying will make a quick recovery.

Ocean Park dismissed reports she had a stressful pregnancy.

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