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Popular Panda Pop Put Under Observation

March 31, 1988

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Pe-Pe, the father of Mexico’s beloved panda family, was put under medical observation after two tumors were found, the director of the Chapultepec Zoo said Wednesday.

″It is a matter of two inflamed tumors, but we have just about discounted the idea that it could be cancer,″ Maria Elena Hoyo said.

China gave Pe-Pe and his mate, Ying-Ying, to Mexico in September 1975. They have four surviving offspring by natural conception, the largest such panda family outside of China.

Ms. Hoyo said a general examination is planned April 11 or 12 to determine what caused the tumors.

She said the 13-year-old panda weighs 249 pounds, down from his usual 275 to 285 pounds. Pandas have a life expectancy of about 20 years.

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