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 Hsing Hsing

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Hsing Hsing Famous memorial

Birth
China
Death
28 Nov 1999 (aged 27–28)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID
7598033 View Source

A giant Panda Bear who arrived in the United States as a symbol of United States-China detente and quickly achieved world-wide status at becoming the most beloved attraction along with his mate Ling Ling, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The giant pandas were sent to the United States in June 1972, two months after President Richard Milhous Nixon's historical trip to Beijing, China, as a gift, which helped to re-open contacts between the United States and China. At their first public appearance, over eight thousand people stood in the rain for 30 minutes to an hour, just to watch them. In the 27 years that Hsing Hsing spent at the National Zoo, he was visited by an estimated 3 million people a year. On December 30, 1992, his mate Ling Ling died. On April 4, 1997, he had to have cancer surgery, and on November 28, 1999, after a last meal of blueberry muffins and bamboo poles, Hsing Hsing was put to sleep, due to his many health problems, which also included kidney disease. He was 28 years old.

A giant Panda Bear who arrived in the United States as a symbol of United States-China detente and quickly achieved world-wide status at becoming the most beloved attraction along with his mate Ling Ling, at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The giant pandas were sent to the United States in June 1972, two months after President Richard Milhous Nixon's historical trip to Beijing, China, as a gift, which helped to re-open contacts between the United States and China. At their first public appearance, over eight thousand people stood in the rain for 30 minutes to an hour, just to watch them. In the 27 years that Hsing Hsing spent at the National Zoo, he was visited by an estimated 3 million people a year. On December 30, 1992, his mate Ling Ling died. On April 4, 1997, he had to have cancer surgery, and on November 28, 1999, after a last meal of blueberry muffins and bamboo poles, Hsing Hsing was put to sleep, due to his many health problems, which also included kidney disease. He was 28 years old.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 19 Jun 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7598033
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7598033/hsing-hsing: accessed ), memorial page for Hsing Hsing (1971–28 Nov 1999), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7598033, citing Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.