China Mourns Panda Killed in Earthquake

Mao Mao was one of 64 bears at Wolong nature reserve
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 5:20 PM CDT
A panda rescued after the May 12 earthquake rests in a cage at China Conservative and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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(Newser) – Workers at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province gathered today for the funeral of Mao Mao, a 9-year-old panda killed in the May 12 earthquake. Mao Mao, the mother of five, was one of 64 pandas at the reserve. She died when the river beside her enclosure crushed the walls, and her body wasn't discovered until yesterday, the AP reports.

"It's like you could say something and she would understand," said Mao Mao's keeper, who left bread and apples by her grave. "If you were happy, she was happy, too."