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Subject: ARCHIVE: December 30, 1992 ~Ling Ling, 23, the popular panda bear who arrived in the United States as a symbol of United States-China detente and who quickly achieved world-wide status as the most beloved attraction along with her mate Hsing Hsing, dies after brief illness at her home of Washington DC's National Zoo. ...


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Date Posted: Sunday, December 30, 05:55:07pm


Ling Ling
(1969-1992)


A giant Panda Bear who arrived in the United States as a symbol of United States-China detente and who quickly achieved world-wide status as the most beloved attraction along with her mate Hsing Hsing, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., for many years. The giant pandas were sent to the United States as a gift from China in June 1972, two months after President Richard Milhous Nixon's historical trip to Beijing, China, as a gift, which helped to re-open contacts between the United States and China. At there first public appearance, an estimated eight thousand people stood in the rain from 30 minutes to an hour, just to see them. In the 20 years that Ling Ling spent at the National Zoo, an estimated 3 million people had visited her a year.


...On December 30, 1992, at the age of 23, Ling Ling was found dead in her cage, who died suddenly from
heart failure. At which time of her sudden death, she was the longest-lived giant panda in captivity outside China.


...Her mate Hsing Hsing survived her by almost 7 years, dying in 1999.
The Panda House at the National Zoo remained empty for over a year
until the arrival of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian from the Wolong Research
and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in December 2000.

Links
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ling-Ling_and_Hsing-Hsing
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7598033/hsing-hsing

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