BANGKOK, Thailand — Chuang Chuang, a 19-year old giant panda loaned to Thailand from China has died in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The panda was renowned for its lack of mating habits.
Chuang Chuang arrived in Thailand in 2003 together with his female pair Lin Hui. Both pandas lived in an air-conditioned enclosure in Chiang Mai’s zoo. For years, zookeepers kept trying a wide range of methods to encourage the two pandas to mate, including putting Chuang Chuang on a low-carb diet. Six years later, after multiple attempts, Lin Hui finally gave birth to a baby panda named Linping through artificial insemination.
Chiang Mai zoo director Wutthichai Muangmun said that Chuang Chuang lived a long and happy life despite the lack of sex. “He was walking around, but staggered and fell to the ground,” he told reporters.
According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), a panda’s life expectancy is only around 15 to 20 years, with some living up to 30 years in captivity. They have a very low sex drive, which is the primary reason why they are one of the world’s most endangered animals.