Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Assistance Needed for Disabled Panda's Surgery
Adjust font size:

Researchers in northwest China on Wednesday reached out to the world for help with a surgery plan for a disabled giant panda, which needs an artificial paw.

"Niu niu," 12-13 years old, is in dire need of a new paw, so she can live normally, mate, and become a nurturing mother, the Shanghai Morning Post said today.

The panda lost two thirds of her left paw in a fight with three pandas on December 28 in a mountainous area in Taibai County, Shaanxi Province, said a local wildlife center.

"Niu niu was badly injured during the fight and was rescued by a local farmer," Ma Qingyi, head of the center, told the newspaper. "Now, we are so happy to see she is recovering well, and her weight has increased from 56 kilograms to 73 kilograms."

However, Niu niu cannot keep her body balanced without her entire left paw.

"She is at the prime age to breed, but she cannot mate normally as others do, which adds to the difficulty in inducing captive pandas to mate," Ma said.

She even has difficulty walking.

Ren Jianshe, vice director with the center, said the search is urgent and the center is inviting domestic professors to discuss the feasibility of mending or adapting an artificial paw.

(China Daily March 9, 2007)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- Giant Panda Gives Birth in Atlanta Zoo
- Panda Number 27 Arrives!
- Panda Baby Boom, 28 Healthy Cubs in One Year
- Pandas Fight for Courtship
Most Viewed >>
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter II
Shanghai particulate matter III1
Guangzhou sulfur dioxide II
Chongqing particulate matter III2
Xi'an particulate matter III1
Most Read
- White paper on energy
- Endangered monkeys grow in number
- Yangtze River's Three Gorges 2 mln years in the making
- The authorities sets sights on polluted soil
- China, US benefit from clean energy
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
- Prof. Maria E. Fernandez to Give a Lecture on Climate Change
UN meets on climate change
The UN Climate Change Conference brought together representatives of over 180 countries and observers from various organizations.
Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base