4th giant panda dies in China from canine distemper virus

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Posted: Feb 05, 2015 9:19 PM

BEIJING (AP) — A fourth giant panda has died from canine distemper virus in the same rescue center in northwestern China where three other pandas have died since December, Chinese state media reported.

The official Xinhua News Agency said late Thursday that the 6-year-old panda, named Feng Feng, died after falling into a coma on Jan. 8. Xinhua did not say when the death occurred.

Xinhua said an additional four pandas were diagnosed with canine distemper but recovered. The center sent its healthy pandas to other reserves.

About 1,600 giant pandas live in the wild, mostly in the Chinese province of Sichuan, while more than 300 live in captivity.

Canine distemper affects a wide variety of animals and is the leading cause of death for dogs.