|Liver failure caused by lung problem led to death of giant panda cub in Washington's |
National Zoo, officials said Thursday. (Photo/Xinhua)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Liver failure caused by lung problem led to death of giant panda cub in Washington's National Zoo, officials said Thursday.
Chief veterinarian Suzan Murray said a necropsy on the female cub, which was found dead on Sept. 23, seven days after its birth, determined the liver failure was caused by insufficient supply of oxygen.
Murray said the cub lungs were poorly developed, likely causing her to have insufficient oxygen, and hence liver necrosis. The necropsy showed that the week-old female cub had fluid in her abdomen and her liver was hard in places.
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