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Ya Ya, who lives in the south
After falling asleep late Thursday for the first time since her labor, Ya Ya apparently crushed her newborn while it was nursing, the official Xinhua News Agency said on its Web site.
A zoo handler noticed the cub, which weighed only about three ounces, had fallen away motionless from her mother's nipple, it said. Zoo staff took the cub away while Ya Ya was still asleep and an autopsy showed that its heart, liver and other organs had been crushed.
The report said that Ya Ya searched around for her cub after waking up, then appeared depressed, laying listlessly in her zoo enclosure.
The report did not say if zoo staff would try to reunite the mother with her other cub.
Ya Ya was mated with 11-year-old Ling Ling from Wolong in April. The pandas watched a mating video before breeding.
Last month, the government announced the birth of four sets of panda twins.
A 2002 government census found there were just 1,596 pandas left in the wild. But state media has said a new study by Chinese and British scientists has found there might be as many as 3,000.
So I was very sad when reading this article. Until I hit the following:
"The pandas watched a mating video before breeding."
Panda porn. No wonder the damn things are endangered. Did they have to light some candles and play mood music too?
Ok fine. I feel a bit bad about mocking pandas, so here, to make up for it:
If that isn't the cutest thing you've seen in a month I am bitterly jealous.