Washington (People's Daily) – In response to a question, the spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the US commented Saturday on the recent passing of the giant panda Le Le, which was on loan from China to the US.
Prior to this, the Memphis Zoo in the US had said in a statement that the giant panda was found dead on Wednesday morning.
“We are saddened by the passing of giant panda Le Le. The Chinese Embassy in the US will assist relevant parties in handling the aftermath. It is our understanding that the China Association of Zoological Gardens (CAZG) has been in close contact with the Memphis Zoo and will send a team of experts as soon as possible. The experts will work with their US counterparts to determine the cause of the death,” the spokesperson said.
Born on July 18, 1998, the male panda first arrived at the Memphis Zoo 20 years ago.
“Over the years, it has brought a lot of joy to the American people and played a unique role in promoting China-US cooperation in giant panda conservation and friendly exchanges between the people of China and the US. Giant pandas have become an icon of mutual appreciation and friendship between the two peoples. We will cherish the fond memories Le Le left to us during its stay in the US,” said the spokesperson.