Mainland veterinary experts ready to help treat giant panda in Taiwan, required applications completed

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Giant panda Tuan Tuan celebrated his 14th birthday at the Taipei Zoo on August 30, 2018. Photo: IC

As veterinary experts from the Chinese mainland plan to travel to the island of Taiwan to provide assistance in the treatment of giant panda Tuan Tuan, the Taipei Zoo told the Global Times on Sunday that the applications required for experts have been completed and the institution is awaiting finalization. list from the expert team, as the beloved panda’s brain tumor has been progressing rapidly since it was first diagnosed in September.

Tuan Tuan, an 18-year-old male giant panda donated to the island of Taiwan from the mainland, fell ill in August and was diagnosed with brain necrosis in late September. The disease progressed rapidly according to the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans the panda underwent on Sept. 28 and again on Oct. 22, Taipei Zoo animal section chief Eve Wang said on Sunday. , to the Global Times.

According to Wang, although Tuan Tuan’s diagnosis has not yet been confirmed, it is highly likely that he has a brain tumor, given the two MRI results.

Based on Tuan Tuan’s physical condition, it is very risky for the panda to undergo an invasive examination to get the final diagnosis, as Tuan Tuan’s awakening process took much longer on the second MRI taken. under anesthesia, Wang said.

Officials and experts on both sides of the strait have been working together to care for the critically ill giant panda since September.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council, told media on Friday that the China Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in Wolong, southwest China’s Sichuan Province China), had formed a team of experts and remained in close contact with Taipei. Zoo since September. After receiving an invitation from the zoo, the center prepared to send two experts to help diagnose and treat Tuan Tuan.

The formalities required for veterinary experts from the mainland to travel to the island of Taiwan have been completed, and the experts will be able to leave as soon as the Wolong Center finalizes the list of experts traveling to Taiwan, said Lin, member. Taipei Zoo staff. Global Times on Sunday.

While waiting for mainland experts, the zoo gave the panda continuous doses of medicine and improved its nutrition based on the consensus on treatment, drugs and other issues reached by veterinary experts across the world. Detroit, Wang said, noting that the panda’s condition has been unstable for a few days so the zoo has moved into hospice care.

At a press conference on Friday, the zoo said it was impossible to predict how long Tuan Tuan can survive because there has been no definitive diagnosis. The zoo assessed the panda’s condition based on its daily food intake, movements and abnormal daily performance.

According to Lin, the zoo will update the public in due time on related matters, including when mainland experts will arrive, how long they will stay and how they will help treat Tuan Tuan.

Tuan Tuan and his partner Yuan Yuan were sent to the island of Taiwan from mainland China in 2008 as a goodwill gift with their names combined to form the word “reunion” in Chinese. Yuan Yuan gave birth to two cubs named Yuan Zai and Yuan Bao in 2013 and 2020 respectively.

Tuan Tuan’s health has sparked public concern on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and has become one of the hottest topics across the Strait since the reckless visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the island in early August.

“Thank you for the careful care Taipei Zoo has given the panda and whatever the outcome, both sides of the strait will face it together,” another mainland netizen said on Sina Weibo.

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