Q: The Memphis Zoo of United Sates said in a statement that the giant panda Le Le was found dead on the morning of February 1, 2023. What is the Embassy’s response?
A: We are saddened by the passing of giant panda Le Le. The Chinese Embassy in the US will assist relevant parties in handling the aftermath. It is understood that the China Association of Zoological Gardens(CAZG) has been in close contact with the Memphis Zoo and will send an expert group quickly as possible. The experts will work with their US counterparts to find out the cause of the death.
Le Le arrived at the Memphis Zoo 20 years ago. Over the years, it has brought a lot of joy to the American people and played a unique role in promoting China-US cooperation in giant panda conservation and friendly exchanges between the Chinese and American peoples. Giant pandas have become an icon of mutual appreciation and friendship between the two peoples. We will cherish the fond memories Le Le left to us during its stay in the United States.