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Lonely panda gets own TV set in Chinese zoo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:15

April 16 - A zoo in southwest China installs a television to entertain a lonely panda after her companion was moved elsewhere. Sharon Reich reports.

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By most accounts, Sijia the panda's life is pretty good. But when her companion moved away, she showed signs of feeling lonely. So the folks at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park where she lives, installed a TV set in her enclosure to keep her company. SOUNDBITE: Yunnan Wild Animal Park Staff member Bai Tuo saying (Mandarin): "When Maixi had just left and Siji went back to her cage, she wouldn't respond when keepers called to her. She just lay there silently. And when keepers tried to tempt her with food, she wouldn't pay any attention. She's generally greedy and eats a lot, but during that time she ate very little." In addition to the TV, which runs footage of her old pal Meixi, the zoo added a swing and bars so she could exercise and even a panda puppet to keep her spirits up. And zoo keepers say … it seems to be doing the panda good. SOUNDBITE: Yunnan Wild Animal Park Staff member Bai Tuo saying (Mandarin): "Today Sijiya is in a much better state than before. When she comes out she naturally climbs on the swing and just starts swinging, and proactively climbs up on the bars. But if it had been in that period before, sometimes she would just have laid on the platform not moving at all." While she may be the only panda left in Kunming City, this girl isn't bound to get bored anytime soon.

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Lonely panda gets own TV set in Chinese zoo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 01:15