January 06, 2014 00:00 By Prapaporn Kreungew
Chiang Mai Zoo has put giant panda Lin Hui on a 48-hour surveillance as it was expected to give birth to a new cub during this period.
Head veterinarian Boripat Siriaroonrat told a press conference that Lin Hui’s appetite remains normal on Sunday and had some symptoms signalling it was about to give birth such as having milk from breast and its hormone progesterone lowered to 192 nanograms per creatinine. As it could give birth anytime now, the zoo prepared a delivery room, which was also equipped a bamboo nestle that Lin Hui had made to make the panda feel safe and familiar, and a cub care room he said. Boripat said the zoo also prepared a plan B in case Lin Hui was unable to tend the cub by preparing an incubator, some cleaning tools and reserved milk as well as caretaker officials. Zoological Park Organisation committee member Thanarat Wadeesirisak said the organisation would adjust the panda exhibition enclosure to be larger to support the additional pandas like in Singapore. The zoo still waited a reply for invitation to get Chinabased Panda Research Centre officials to observe the birth. Those interested to watch Lin Hui realtime can go to www.cmleadernews.com.