Hsing-Hsing Dies

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Hsing-Hsing, the male giant panda who has resided at the National Zoological Park since 1972, was euthanized. Keepers at the Zoo decided that his worsening kidney disease was making him suffer too much. He was 28 years old. Hsing-Hsing and his mate Ling-Ling, who died in 1992, arrived at the Zoo on April 16, 1972 and were a gift from the Chinese government to the United States.


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


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"Hsing-Hsing Dies," Washington Post, November 29, 1999, pg. A1.

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November 28, 1999


  • Deaths
  • Giant panda

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