Good night, sweet panda
Sad news from China today: Giant panda Xiang Xiang, the first and only captive-born panda to be released into the wild, died after only ten months out of captivity. Although Xiang Xiang spent three years in training for the wild, investigators think he fell out of a tree, possibly after being chased by other pandas. Officials at China's Wolong Giant Panda Research Center are guessing that male pandas were resistent to Xiang Xiang, who they saw as a threat, and are going to try again with a female panda.
This is sad news for pandas in general. It shows how difficult introducing captive pandas into the wild can be, and it depletes the already-scarce population of pandas (about 1600 in the world) by one.
Xiang Xiang was a definite cutie. Poor guy.