Ling-Ling Dies Suddenly

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Ling-Ling, the female giant panda at the National Zoological Park, dies suddenly in the outdoor yard of the panda compound. She died of age related heart failure. She was 23 years. Ling-Ling and her mate Hsing-Hsing arrived at the National Zoo on April 16, 1972 and were a gift from China to the United States.


  • Ling-Ling (Giant panda)
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)


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"Ling-Ling Dies Suddenly," Washington Post, December 31, 1992, pg. A1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 30, 1992


  • Deaths
  • Giant panda

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