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Sick Giant Panda Airlifted to Army Hospital

February 12, 1985

TOKYO (AP) _ A sick giant panda rescued last month in the mountains of China’s southern Shaanxi province was airlifted by helicopter Tuesday to an army hospital in the provincial capital of Xian, the Xinhua news agency reported.

In a report monitored in Tokyo, Xinhua said the female panda, 3 or 4 years old, was rescued on Jan. 8 with an injury to the forelimbs.

Local veterinarians treated the injury and a case of enterogastritis, an intestinal ailment, Xinhua said.

The Shaanxi provincial government decided to give the panda, nicknamed Dongdong, a thorough examination at the Fourth Army Medical College in Xian, it said.

China has conducted a major panda rescue campaign starting last year when the animals faced starvation after their basic food, arrow bamboo, withered in a flowering cycle.

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