CHIANG MAI, March 28 – China is expected to further extend the stay of Lin Ping, a young female panda, at the Chiang Mai Zoo after the existing deal expires in May, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported Thai authorities as saying. Lin Ping, now three years and 10 months old, was born in Thailand from a panda couple lent by China, named Xuang Xuang and Lin Hui.
According to the Chief of Project for Panda Research and Display in Thailand, Prasertsak Buntragulpoontawee, the Thai authorities are seeking China’s approval for Lin Ping’s extended stay at the Chiang Mai Zoo for another two years. Prasertsak noted that Lin Ping has been generally in good health and very playful, while Lin Hui, her mother has not yet shown any sign for mating.
“Lin Hui’s readiness to breed has been closely monitored by Chiang Mai Zoo’s officials, even though through an artificial technique, as Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang are also in good health. Chiang Mai Zoo in the Thai North had on Wednesday organised a birthday party for Lin Ping’s 4th birthday, which was celebrated ahead of her actual birthday anniversary on May 27.
The first born Panda in Thailand enjoyed a summer-themed cage decorated with iced desserts topped with her favourite fruits, together with a beach chair comprising pieces of palm and coconut trees.