UK's recently arrived panda falls ill at zoo

AP News
Posted: Jan 12, 2012 5:33 PM
UK's recently arrived panda falls ill at zoo

One of two giant pandas on loan at a Scottish zoo has fallen ill and been removed from display.

Edinburgh Zoo officials say visitors won't see much of Yang Guang, a male panda, over the next few days because he has colic.

The animal, along with a female called Tian Tian, are the first pandas to live in Britain in nearly two decades. The pair, which are on loan from China, made a high-profile media debut in December and are expected to draw huge crowds of visitors to the zoo. Both are 8 years old.

Officials said Thursday that Yang Guang's illness wasn't serious, but can cause some discomfort and requires medication.

Britain's last giant panda, Ming Ming, lived in the London Zoo until 1994, when she was returned to China.