Chiang Mai Star Pandas 'Unaffected' By Broken Air-Conditioner

Chuang Chuang keeping cool with ice on April 24, 2015 at Chiang Mai Zoo.
Chuang Chuang keeping cool with ice on April 24, 2015 at Chiang Mai Zoo.

CHIANG MAI — The director of Chiang Mai Zoo says the zoo’s famous giant pandas are keeping cool despite the breakdown down of an air conditioner in their enclosure earlier this week.

The director, Nipon Wichairat, told reporters yesterday that staff are fixing the air conditioner as fast as they can. He estimated that the repair will wrap up by 30 May and cost approximately 2 million baht.

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 Lin Hui keeping cool with ice at Chiang Mai zoo, 24 April 2015. 

According to Niphon, secondary cooling devices have been activated to keep the pandas cool.

"It doesn't cause any problem to their living," Niphon said. Zoo staff have also placed ice and imitation snow in the pen of the two 15-year-old giant pandas, named Chuang Chuang and Linhui.

Staff are also closely monitoring the condition of Lin Hui, because her mating season is approaching. 

Linhui and Chuang Chuang are currently on loan to the Chiang Mai Zoo by Chinese government. The pandas were born in China's Chengdu panda reservation and brought to Thailand in 2003. 

The pair became instant hit at the zoo, even spawning a reality-style TV channel that broadcasts their daily lives 24 hours a day. 

 

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